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Vernon St., Lynn, Mass. 33 SWAMPSCDTT 1954 AMUAL REPORT Town of Swampscott Index Ajjpoals, Board of So Assessors, Board of 61 Balaiu-e Sheet 70 Buildiii<i- liispet-tor 112 Cenieterv Department 88 Civil Defense, Department of 79 Contributory Retirement System .... 80 Dog Officer' ._. 78 En*iineerin*» Department 74 Fire Department 95 Health, Board of 83 Highway Department 81 Housing Authority 91 Information, General 132 In Memoriam 131 •lury List 110 Librarv, Public 108 Park Commissioners, Board of 89 Planning Board 72 Police Department 86 Public Library 108 Public Welfare, Board of 97 Rent Control Board 90 Selectmen, Board of 9 Sewer Department 78 School Department 114 Superintendent of Schools, Report of 115 Pupils enrolled 129 School Directory 129 Town Accountant 62 Town Clerk, Records of 13 Town Warrant, March 15, 1954 .__ 13 Proposed Addition to Swampscott Public Library 66-67 Dental Examination Given to All Elementary School Pupils _ . 83 Diphtheria and Tetanus Immuniza- tion Clinic in All Elementary Schools . ._. __. 83 Blood Donors for Polio Field Trials 84 Air A^ew of Town of Swampscott _ 94 Civil War Monument and Flagpole in Monument Square 99 AVorld War 1 Boulder in Monument Square 102 World War TI Memorial Flagpole .... 103 Club Officers Consult Community Calendar 109 Junior High Pupils eat in five shifts — all as crowded as this one .... 116 Annual Town Meeting, March 15, 1954 24 Adjourned Annual Town Meeting- March 23, 1954 .. 27 Adjourned Annual Town Meeting March 30, 1954 .... 38 Warrant for Special Election. April 26. 1954 44 Special Town Meeting, May 11, 1954 45 Warrant for Special Town Meet- ing, June 22, 1954 50 Special Town Meeting, June 22, 1954 52 State Primary, September 14, 1954 54 Warrant for State Election, November 2, 1954 57 State Election, November 2, 1954 58 Town Counsel 82 Town Meeting Members 6 Town Officers Appointed 3 Town Officers Elected 3 Town Telephone Numbers Inside Back Cover Treasurer's Report 73 Veterans ' Services, Department of ._ 99 Water Department 75 Weights and Measures, Sealer of .... 85 Where Money Came From 62 Where Money Went 64 Wires, Inspector of 93 World War II Memorial Fund 113 With all classrooms in use, the High School Cafeteria is used for Testing 117 Woodworking is an important part of the Industrial Arts Program 119 Home Nursing and Child Care tech- niques are demonstrated by our Public Health Nurse 120 More than play — a team effort and the best each has to give 121 Modern teaching uses a variety of materials to challenge the skills and interests of all pupils 123 Up-to-date equipment and skillful testing catch hearing loss in time 124 ILLUSTRATIONS 2 1954 Annual Report Town Officers — 1954 ELECTED MODERATOR SELECTMEN Frederick R. Champion TOWN CLERK AND COLLECTOR OF TAXES TOWN TREASURER WATER AND SEWERAGE COMMISSIONERS Alfred N. Frazier, 1956 ASSESSORS Thomas E. Andresen, 1955 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Lewis H. Berry, 1956, Secretary SCHOOL COMMITTEE William H. Rothwell, II, 1955 Theodore C. Sargent, 1956 TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRARY Ruth M. Barry, 1957, Secretary BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE BOARD OF HEALTH Dr. Robert C. Thompson, 1957 SURVEYOR OF HIGHWAYS CONSTABLES Leonard H. Bates PLANNING BOARD Alexander B. Way, Jr., 1955 Gordon L. Brown, 1956 COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUNDS Dana V. Humphrey, 1955* SWAMPSCOTT HOUSING AUTHORITY Thomas W, Duncan, 1955 David F. Doherty, 1956 * Appointed t Deceased X Resigned APPOINTED BY SELECTMEN SECRETARY OF SELECTMEN TOWN COUNSEL TOWN ACCOUNTANT TOWN ENGINEER ASSISTANT ENGINEER DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE Kenneth W. Ulman Vincent P. O'Brien, Chairman Edward K, Hempel Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., 1955; 1956 Robert G. Byrne, 1956 Harold C, Hudson, 1955, Chairman George B. Atkins, 1957 Thomas F. Collins, 1956, Chairman Ernest Manchin, 1957, Secretary Roland C. Booma, 1955, Chairman Frederick C. Burk, 1957 Walter H. Forbes, Jr., 1956 Chairman George A. Chadwell, 1957 Lillian I. White, 1957 George W, Howe, 1955, Chairman Nelson J. Darling, Jr., 1956 Norbert A, Ulman, 1957, Chairman Donald Redfern, 1956 Dr. Loring Grimes, 1956, Chairman E. Wallace Donald, 1955 Timothy J. Ryan, 1957 Wayne Anderson John J. Mattera Harold M. King, 1958, Chairman Ralph L. Williams, 1959 James R. Maddock, 1957, Secretary Harold R. Austin, 1956 Henry S. Baldwin. 1955 Gerald H. Pashby, Chairman (State Appointee) Eugene S. Moreau, 1959 John A. Massey, 1958 Richard A. Wales James W. Santry, Jr. I. Murray Adams Howard L. Hamill George H. Melcher Robert O'Neill 3 Tomi of Swanipscott SUPERINTENDENT OF CEMETERY FOREST WARDEN MOTH SUPERINTENDENT BUILDING INSPECTOR ASSISTANT INSPECTOR SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES CUSTODIAN OF ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ASSISTANT CUSTODIANS DOG OFFICER FENCE VIEWERS MEASURER OF LUMBER SHELLFISH CONSTABLES Arthur E. Hardy Charles H. Lampard Frederick C, Burk Raymond O. Doane Eldridge T. Davis C. Walter Burrill John G. McLearn Leonard H. Bates John Cameron John A. Boston Howard L. Hamill Raymond O. Doane Harold O. Durgin Stanley G, Potier John J. Mattera DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' SERVICES and BURIAL AGENT Newton S. Courtney VETERANS' SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD Carl Glazer, M.D. Anthony F. D ' Agnese Moses Schectman Clement E. Kennedy, Chairman Eustis B. Grimes Albert F. Pashby TRUSTEES OF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL FUND Ernest Manchiu, 1956, Chm'n. Clement E. Kennedy, 1956 Albert F. Pashby, 1955 David F. Doherty, 1956 BOARD OF REGISTRARS Dorothy M. Collins, 1955 Donald L. Sawyer, 1957 Philip H. Stafford, 1957 John R. Cooper, 1957 Benjamin Goldberg, 1955, Secretary Patrick A. Devine, 1956 Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., Clerk Ex-Officio SMOKE INSPECTOR INSPECTOR OF WIRES CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF OF POLICE and KEEPER OF LOCKUP WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT BOARD OF APPEALS Eustic B. Grimes, 1957 CONTRIBUTORY RETIREMENT BOARD Harold E. Austin, 1955 VETERANS' DAY COMMITTEE Austin 1). Mosco Karlo D 'Agnese Harvey H. Beadle FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE Antonio Parletta Edward F. Flynn, Jr. Francis P. Wall, Chief of Police Eaymond O. Doane Fred Sargent, Edward J. Connellf Charles H. Lampard Francis P. Wall Cedric L. Arnold C, Glover Bowes, 1956, Chairman T. Paul Corcoran, Jr., 1955 John G. McLearn, 1956, Chairman I. Murray Adams, Secretary Albert F. Pashby Lewis H, Berry Samuel S. Fallon Frederick C. Burk Lawrence O. Witter Charles H. Lam})ard, Fire Chief 4 1954 Annual Report PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE Richard B. Johusou, Chairman Robert B. Hegarty Richard P. Breed Irving E. Doliber John S. Way APPOINTED BY MODERATOR FINANCE COMMITTEE J. Dane Chandler, 1955 Richard Chambers, 1956 Harvey P. Newcomb, 1956 Vera F. Gould, 1956 Richard Coughlin, Secretary J Harold P. Willett, 1955, Chairman Richard B. Johnson, 1955 Francis N. Lang, Secretary Herbert C. Heggie Jacob Shactman BUILDING BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE David J, Abrahams Donald C. Goss Raymond O. Doane Edwin A. Fuller John F. Milo WAGE COMMITTEE Frederick N. Balsor Charles E. Hammann Harvey P. Newcomb BY-LAWS COMMITTEE James W. Santry Jr. Frank B. Wallis Paul C. Stevens Philip N. Gierke, Chairman William E. Carey Thomas M. Sullivan, Secretary Richard Blake, Chairman Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr. William Carey Richard Chambers COMMITTEE TO STUDY BEACH RIGHTS Roger J. Cornell Anthony F. Pierre PUBLIC BUILDING NEEDS COMMITTEE Nelson J, Darling, Jr. Philip Kitfield COMMITTEE TO STANDARDIZE BUDGETS David F. Doherty Eugene L. Abrams STANLEY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE Blanche E. Doyle Walter H. Forbes, Jr. Dr. Charles E. Donovan John J. Foley Norbert Ulman Andrew R. Linscott, Chairman Doris Linden Richard G. Appel, Jr. Harold R. Austin, Chairman I. Murray Adams Charles L, Blatchford Fred S. Brennan, Chairman Crawford H. Stocker, Jr. George Sanderson HADLEY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE Precinct 1 — George Knowlton Precinct 2 — Philip H. Stafford Precinct 3 — Roger G. Skinner Precinct 4 — Burt Harding Precinct 5 — David M. Roach Precinct 6 — Fred Brennan Mrs. Kenneth T. White, Member-at-Large HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE Precinct 1 — Mahlon G. Knowles Precinct 2 — Albert H. Waite Precinct 3 — George W. Smith Precinct 4 — Frederick P. Proughton Precinct 5 — Marion Doen Morse Precinct 6 — Bruce Hamlin Frank B. Wallis, Member-at-Large Harvey P. Newcomb, Member Finance Committee George A. Chadwell, School Committee 5 Town of Swampscott Town Meeting Members Expiration 1955 Frederick N. Balsor Gertrude P. Balsor J, Dane Chandler Laura M. Cole Anthony M. D 'Agnese Virginia L. Doughty Geremia Foglietta Lillian T. Friedman Bennett Gallo James E. Hanley Robert B. Hegarty William A. Hineh Karl V, Johnson Kenneth T. Johnson Eobert A. Linden Frank T. Roach Charles E. Snow Carl F. Turner PRECINCT ONE Expiration 1956 I. Murray Adams Leonard H. Bates Leonard H. Bates, Jr. Lewis H. Berry Chester E, Bradley William J. Carlin Frederick R. Champion John H. Cropley, Jr. Frank A. Drinkwater William F. Durgin, Jr. Alfred N. Frazier Herbert F, Frazier, Jr. Otto W. Friedman C. Frank Hathaway Andrew B. Holmes, Jr. Paul L. Koch J, Richard Maitland Arnold L. Snow Expiration 1957 Reno S. Bisegna Thomas J. Boyce, Jr. Theodore A. Brown Mary A. Cappucio Joseph Fiore Nicholas Gallo Eric A. Holmgren Seldon D. Hulquist Ralph H. Jackson, Jr. Hazel I. Johnson Doris B. Linden John J. Mattera Davis A. Nickerson Raymond H. Nickerson Joseph S. Rodrick Pearl A. Snow Arthur Venture Ralph W. Wade Expiration 1955 Charles L. Blatchford Archie C. Cornish, Jr. Harvey A. Craig Robert L. Cunningham Eldridge T. Davis Stuart W. Graham Lotta A. Hempel Robert P. Loring John A, Massey Elmer E. Morley Constance M. Newth Gerald H. Pashby Anthony F. Pierre Walter L Ranger .Joseph P. Ryan Kenneth W. Ulman Norh ert A. Ulman Kenneth S. Whittier PRECINCT TWO Expiration 1956 Thomas E. Andresen Philip J. Blood Frederick P. Brown Thomas J. Cahill Peter Cassidy George A. Chadwell Richard Chambers Albert E. Devitt Raymond O. Doane Lyndon W. Ellis Arthur E. Hardy Edward K. Hempel Harold J. Keating Herbert D. Klein Thomas M. Newth Albert F. Pashby Fred H. Whittier, Jr. Vacancy Expiration 1957 James E. Champion Jeanne M. Craig John R. Daley George H. Dee David F. Doherty Leo W. Frechette Eva A. Hardy William S. Healey Herbert C. Heggie Harold M. King Gertrude G. Massev Philip H. Staflford' John Stone Richard A. Wales Donald J. Warnock John H. Watts Norman C. Whitten Philip M. Whitten 1954 Annual Report Expiration 1955 Eugene L. Abrams Lillian M. Atkinson Egbert H. Ballard Jean W. Cobbett Arthur F. Connelly Donald W. Fessenden Leon A. Hackett Eoger W. Henry Harold C. Hudson Alfred B. Jones Charles Losano, Jr. Fred W. Mahan William J. McGettrick Ealph N. Murray Fred M. Seaton Harold B. Vray J. Henry Welch* Lawrence O. Witter PRECINCT THREE Expiration 1956 George B. Atkins Harold R. Austin Henry S. Baldwin Clarence C, Bates Ralph E. Bicknell John A. Boston Robert G. Byrne Harry E. Cahoon Thomas F. Collins Adolph G. DiBenedetto Harold G. Enholm Clarence M. Finch Loring Grimes Philip H. Kitfield John J, Lally Ernest Manchin Daniel J. Myers Harvey P. Newcomb Expiration 1957 Robert L. Benford Alfred F, Chatterton J, Campbell Deveney Roland N. Devitt Howell E. Estey Ralph E. Gould John Clarke Kane John G. McLearn Dorothy W. Mills Ernest O. Mills Edward E, Moore Spencer E. Olson Margaret M. Scanlon Harry M. Shanahan Roger G. Skinner Henry zx. Sleeper George W. Smith Henry J. Zimmermanu Expiration 1955 Benjamin F. Allen Leta E. Anderson Barbara Bailey Benjamin B. Blanchard William E. Carey Edward P. Carroll John R. Cooper Gorham L. Dermody John J. Frazier Burt F. Harding Everett C. Howe Wendell F. Jones Wilbur T. Moulton George J. Place Robert C. Smith Frank S. Stowell C. Wendall Wood Vacancy PRECINCT FOUR Expiration 1956 Walter K. Anderson Chester A. Brown Edward F. Burke Harold F. Carlson Walter M. Champion, Jr. Frank G. W. Coletti Richard Coughlin Paul C. Curtis Albert G. Doane Elizabeth W. Forbes Walter H. Forbes, Jr. Vera F. Gould George E. Hutchinson Philip L. Knowlton Andrew R. Linscott Harry D. Linscott Raymond P. Miller Vincent P. O'Brien Expiration 1957 Richard B. Coan P. Starr Cressey Harry G. Davis Edith P. Deutsch Ralph B. Earle Clementine L. Emery Lester B. Farwell Loring B. Frazier Helen E. Gillen George W. Howell Harold G. Hussey James R. Maddock Harold L Power Willard F. Stearns Hatherly A. Stoddard, Jr. B. Shapleigh Symonds Robert L. Webster Roger A. Williams, Jr. 7 Town of Swampscott Expiration 1955 Glenn W, Bartram C. Glover Bowes Leslie L, Broadbridge Joseph Cardillo Edward D. Cook Kenneth V. Curtis Vincent B. Easterbrooks M. A^irginia Fallon Edwin A. Fuller Eustis B, Grimes Walter V. Hatfield Francis N. Lang- Louis J. Marino Ralph S, Maxwell .June Morse Anthony J, Queena William H. Eothwell, 2nd Harold P. Willett PRECINCT FIVE Expiration 1957 Thomas A, Bailey Israel Bloch Dorothy M. Booma Roland C. Booma James W. Buchanan Louis C. Bufalino Edward T. Chamberlain Donald E. Costin John P. Costin Samuel S. Fallon Roger N. Howes Edward D, Loveday Francis H. Maitland Ralph Mayo Lester B. Morley Marion Doen Morse Amos E. Russell .lames W. Santry, Jr. Expiration 1956 David .r. Abrahams Bernard L Baker Edith M. Bloch .Joseph Braccio Frederick C. Burk Maxwell Field Philip M. Folger Michael M. Ingalls Francis M. Kirkpatrick Elihu N. Morse Carl J. Pagano Ervin D. Remick, .Jr. Harold S. Rubin -Jacob Shactman Francis L. Smith Thomas W. Southward Harold P. Symmes Donald .J. Whidden Expiration 1955 Douglas F. Allen Fred S, Brennan W^illiam F. Bufalino Bernard F. Carey Frederic P. Clark Charles E. Donovan Richard B. Johnson Forrest E, Mason, Jr. William H. McCarty, Jr. Charles G. Price William W. Prichard Joel W. Reynolds Albert N. Rothermel Theodore C. Sargent A, Hall Stiles, .Jr. A. Stuart Walker Kenneth T. White Ralph I^. Williams * Deceased PRECINCT SIX Expiration 1956 .John H. Blodgett Richard P. Breed Richard P. Breed, Jr. William T. Carpenter Nelson J. Darling, .Jr. A. Bruce Durkee Paul W. Fitzpatrick Bruce Hamlin George W. Howe Robert F. K:imball .Joseph Langmaid Laurence B. Leonard Henry R. Mayo, Jr. .Jeanne W. McCarty Robert F. O'Neill ' E. Benjamin Redfield,Jr. (Jrawford H. Stocker .Jr. John S. Way Expiration 1957 Dorothy Iv. Allison Richard G. Appel, .Jr. Bradlee M. Backman Richard E. Blake Philip N. Gierke Charles M. Ewing George J. Harrington Robert U. Ingalls Bertram C. Jacobs Harold A. Johnson Arnold C. Reynolds Ezra V. Saul Owen J. Southwiek George F. Vincent Frank B. Wallis Lillian T. White Grace C. Whiteacre Robert J. Williams 8 1954 Annual Report Board of Selectmen Vincent P. O'Brien, Chairman Frederick R. Champion Edward K. Hempel To The Citizens of Swampscott: We submit the following report for your information and consideration. It is the second report which we as a Board have submitted. INTRODUCTION Last year vv^e called attention to the rapidly increasing costs of government being encountered on the national, state and local levels. We pointed out that with our tax rate having reached an all-time high of $48, it was imperative that prudent economy be practiced in the expenditure of public funds and that accord- ingly we had initiated a rigid economy program. Through the combined efforts of various town officials and departments and with the cooperation of the Finance Committee and the Town Meeting Members, Swampscott enjoyed its first tax reduction in thirteen years. This reduction was brought about without in any way curtailing essential services and in fact it was done during a period in which many progressive improvements were being made. HURRICANES CAROL AND EDNA On August 31st a devastating hurricane officially known as Carol struck New England with little warning. Many lives were lost throughout New England, how- ever there were no deaths or serious injuries in Swampscott for which we are most grateful. Property damage was very heavy and exceeded even that of the 1938 hur- ricane. We declared a "state of emergency" while the storm was at its height. This action empowered the various town departments to take every appropriate step including the hiring of extra help and equipment to clear the highways and facili- tate the normal movement of peoplt and vehicles throughout the town. Although hundreds of trees were felled, many blocking the public thoroughfares, every street was made passable before the day was over thanks to the wonderful work of the emergency crews. Telephone and electrical services were seriously disrupted and were not re- stored in many parts of the town for several days. We kept in touch constantly with the Lynn Gas and Electric Company and the New England Telephone and Tele- graph Company and we wish to record our thanks to them for their cooperation and to commend them for their herculean efforts to restore normal services through- out the town. The Director of Accounts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized us to spend up to $60,000 for hurricane relief work. The actual expenditures made by the town amount to $48,021.25. It is expected that nearly all of this sum will be reimbursed to the town by the Commonwealth as a result of special legislation proposed by His Excellency Governor Christian A. Herter and enacted at a special session of the Legislature held September seventh. A second hurricane Edna swept over us on September 11th before the fallen trees and resulting slash from Carol had been completely cleared away. Fortunately 9 Town of Swampscott the second storm was not as serious in Swampscott as the first, but it did cause more trees to fall and again disrupted the public utilities. One of the principal problems encountered after the first hurricane was the disposal of tree trunks and slash which rapidly developed into a serious fire menace throughout the town because of the dehydrating effect of the wind-driven ocean spray on the leaves and branches. Mr. Theodore C. Cooke, President of the Lynn Sand & Stone Company, offered the use of one of that Company's quarries for the burning of all hurricane debris. This offer was gratefully accepted and the town is indeed indebted to Mr. Cooke since the carting of material out of town would have been a costly and delaying task. The Board of Selectmen has officially commended the Park, Highway, Street and Sewer Departments as well as the regular and auxiliary Police and Fire Depart- ments for their participation in the hurricane relief work. We are happy to express again our praise to them and to all those who helped in any way. FIRE DEPARTMENT The Fire Department consists of a Fire Chief who is appointed by the Board of Selectmen, a Deputy Chief, five Captains, and twenty-five Firefighters, all of whom are appointed by the Fire Chief. All members of the Department are under Civil Service classification. Last year we pointed out that in the not too distant future it would be neces- sary to replace the 1932 and 1935 fire pumpers now in use in the town. In line with our recommendations v/hich were supported by the Finance Committee, the Town Meeting Members authorized the purchase of two new 750 gallon pumpers. This is a progressive step which will assure the town of increased fire protection. The new apparatus is now on order from the Maxim Motor Company, Middleboro, Mass., which was the low bidder for furnishing the equipment. The continuing need for a modern Central Fire Station is a problem which requires serious consideration. We believe that this subject should receive the study of a special committee and recommend that the Town Meeting authorize such a committee under an article which v/e are sponsoring in conjunction with the Chief of the Fire Department. POLICE DEPARTMENT The Police Department consists of a Chief of Police, three Captains, and twenty Patrolmen, plus a Reserve Police Force of five men. All members of the Department are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and are under Civil Service classification. We have continued our close study of methods to enhance the efficiency of the Police Department. Last year we called attention to the fact that the town's custom of replacing one of the three police cars each year resulted in excessively high ex- penditures for maintenance and rc Tairs as the cars advanced in age. We recommended that the town replace the two cars generally used by the Department for patrol work each year. The Finance Committee and the Town Meeting Members accepted this recommendation and authorized the purchase of two prowl cars at the last Annual Town Meeting. We are sure that if these cars are replaced each year, sub- stantial savings will be affected. 10 1954 Annual Report We have requested the Chief of PoHce to purchase two shotguns and a teargas gun and these weapons will be readily available in the event of any major difficulty. We have arranged to have the members of the Department given periodic target practice so that each of them will be ready for any emergency. During the year and particularly last summer, there was some difficulty with teenage groups or gangs coming to Swampscott and causing disturbances. The Board directed the Chief of Police to take very firm action to end such disturbances, even to the point of having our patrolmen carry night sticks. Fortunately it was not neces- sary to go to this extreme since the firm action taken by the Department appears to have discouraged any further difficulties of this type. TRAFFIC AND DRIVING PROBLEMS The Automobile Age has furnished every modern-day community v/ith many problems concerning the driving and parking of motor vehicles. During the past year we have made further amendments to the Traffic Rules and Regulations after obtaining recommendations from the Chief of Police and as necessitated by chang- ing conditions. The excessive speed of motorists passing through our town, particularly along Essex Street, Paradise Road and Humphrey Street, is a continuing problem with which we are greatly concerned since it so vitally effects the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike. We have had the Police Department carry on periodic cam- paigns against speeding. We believe that this has helped considerably in reducing that danger in our town. Safety on the highways is so important that constant study must be made to improve and enforce safe driving conditions. CIVIL DEFENSE The need for increased activities in Civil Defense is constantly impressed upon us as we see the world divided into tvv^o armed camps, each holding completely dif- ferent ideologies. We of the West advocate and believe in national and individual freedom under God's protection. We find ourselves endangered by the forces of atheistic Communism whose leaders seem bent on world domination. We are warned of the danger of atom and hydrogen bombs falling on American cities, and we are appalled at the thought of the mass destruction which would follow. We are compelled to think in terms of self-preservation. We must not think of this as a task for someone else to handle. Swampscott can be justly proud of its Auxiliary Police Force and its Auxiliary Fire Department. These are two of the best equipped and enthusiastically manned units in the whole Commonwealth. The rest of our Civil Defense Program needs to be stepped up. Additional willing hands, both leaders and workers, must be called upon to help prepare for conditions we all sincerely hope and pray will never develop. STREET LIGHTING The present annual cost for street lighting in Swampscott is approximately $40,000. This is a substantial sum and it is important to know whether we are re- ceiving the best lighting possible for that amount of money. During the past year we invited the Lynn Gas and Electric Company and the General Electric Company to conduct a complete survey of street lighting conditions 11 Tomi of Swampscott throughout Swampscott. They have submitted a splendid report indicating various steps that might be taken to modernize the street lighting in our town. The ques- tion now arises as to whether we can have some of these improvements without materially increasing our expenses. We have requested figures indicating the costs involved and hope to have sufficient data available prior to the Annual Town Meeting to enable the town to consider taking an initial step in this matter. HENRY S. BALDWIN GIFT Early in the year Mr. Henry S. Baldwin, a past Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and one of the town's most outstanding citizens, offered to present his superb collection of historical papers to the Town of Swampscott to be stored in the new Public Library Addition authorized at the 1954 Annual Town Meeting. He also offered to give the sum of $10,000 to defray the expense of a special memorial room in which these valuable documents could be stored. On September l6th which was Mr. Baldwin's 80th birthday, he came to the Town Hall and at a joint meeting of the Board of Library Trustees, the Library Building Committee and the Board of Selectmen, he presented his check for $10,000 and signed a deed con- veying his historic papers to the town. This very generous action on the part of a remarkable citizen of our town is indeed inspiring and we are sure that the name of Henry S. Baldwin will be esteemed and honored down through the years to come. GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE During 1953 Governor Herter held a Conference on State, County, and Muni- cipal relations. This Conference, the first of its kind ever held in the Commonwealth, proved so successful that the Governor held two additional Conferences during 1954 — one at Massachusetts State College, Amherst, and the other at Boston. Your Board of Selectmen was represented at these Conferences and many problems affect- ing all towns were discussed and the exchanging of ideas at the various panels was most informative. SELECTMEN'S ASSOCIATIONS Swampscott has membership in both the Massachusetts Selectmen's Association and in the Essex County Selectmen's Association. The members of your Board have attended the meetings of both associations and feel that much of the information obtained through those sources was beneficial to us and enabled us to more effectively carry out our official duties. ECONOMY We have continued to stress the need of prudent economy. This means the wise expenditure of town funds and a determination to obtain full measure for all money expended. Faced as we are with continuing increases in the cost of govern- ment, this practice must not be relaxed. We are ever mindful of the dual necessity of having adequate public service for the citizens of the town while controlling, so far as possible, the heavy burden of taxation falling upon the owners of property in our community. CONCLUSION We have endeavored to the best of our abilities to conduct the portion of town government coming under our jurisdiction in an efficient and business like manner. We express our sincere thanks to all those who have helped and supported us in our efforts. 12 1954 Annual Report Town Clerk Malcolm F. MacLean, Toioi Clerk TOWN WARRANT Monday, March 15, 1954 Article 1. To choose a Moderator for one (1) year. To choose three members of the Board of Selectmen for one ( 1 ) year. To choose one member of the Water and Sewerage Board for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Board of Assessors for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Park Commission for three (3) years. To choose two members of the School Committee for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Board of Public Welfare for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Board of Health for three (3) years. To choose a Surveyor of Highways for three (3) years. To choose three constables for one (1) year. To choose one member of the Planning Board for five (5) years. To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds for three (3) years. To choose one member of the Swampscott Housing Authority for five (5) years. To choose eighteen (18) representative Town Meeting Members in each Precinct for three (3) years. To choose year. one representative Town Meeting Member in Precinct 1 for one (1) To choose year. one representative Town Meeting Member in Precinct 2 for one (1) To choose years. two representative Town Meeting Members in Precinct 2 for two (2) To choose year. one representative Town Meeting Member in Precinct 3 for one (1) To choose years. two representative Town Meeting Members in Precinct 3 for two (2) To choose year. two representative Town Meeting Members in Precinct 4 for one (1) To choose year. two representative Town Meeting Members in Precinct 5 for one (1) To choose one representative Town Meeting Member in Precinct 6 for one (1) year. To choose years. one representative Town Meeting Member in Precinct 6 for two (2) All to be V oted by ballot 13 Town of Swmnpscott Article 2. To hear and act on the reports of town officials, boards, and com- mittees. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 3. To see if the town will vote to accept the progress report of the committee appointed under Article 23 of the Warrant for the annual town meeting of 1952 to revise the Building By-Laws of the Town of Swampscott and continue the said committee in office and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Building By-Laws Committee. Article 4. To see if the town will vote to accept the progress report of the committee appointed under Article 42 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meet- ing of 1952 to investigate wage scales and job classifications for all town employees and continue the said committee in office and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Wage Scale Com- mittee and the Finance Committee. Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1955, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year, in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Town Treasurer. Article 6. To see what action the town will take in relation to the recom- mendations calling for the appropriation or expenditure of money, and creation of a debt, or the disposition of town property as set forth in the report of officers, boards or committees. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 7. To see what action the town will take in relation to the appropria- tion of money for departmental and other expenses for the year 1954. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 8. To see what action the town will take in relation to salaries of elected town officials for the ensuing year. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 9. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Assessors, the Board of Park Commissioners, and the Planning Board each, to appoint a member of such boards to act as secretary thereof and receive pay therefor, as provided by Chapter 41, Section 4A of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.). Sponsored by the Board of Assessors, the Board of Park Commissioners, and the Planning Board. Article 10. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to the account of unpaid bills for the purpose of settling all bills contracted prior to Jan- uary 1, 1954 and remaining unpaid at the time of the closing of the town's books for the year 1953 according to the records of the Town Accountant. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 11. To see if the town will vote to transfer from the Excess and De- ficiency Fund of the town to the account of Current Revenue a sum of money to be used and applied by the Board of Assessors in reduction of the tax levy, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 12. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 14 1954 Annual Report the proper observance of the Fourth of July or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 13. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the proper observance of Memorial Day or take any action relative thereto. Spon- sored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 14. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the proper observance of Armistice Day or take any action relative thereto. Spon- sored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 15. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of placing lights and other decorations on Humphrey Street during the 1954 Christmas season or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by the Swampscott Business Men's Association, Carl R. Perry, Secretary. Article 16. To see if the town will vote to carry on a sidewalk construction program under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 83, Sections 25 and 26, and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 17. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to be used in conjunction with money appropriated by the Commonwealth of Massachu- setts and the County of Essex for the repair or construction of highways as provided by Chapter 90 of the General Laws. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, Article 18. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewers in any or all of the following streets : Laurel Road, Pine Hill Road, Nantucket Avenue, Coolidge Road, Worcester Avenue, or in any other street and appropriate the necessary money therefor from available funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Health and Water & Sewerage Board. Article 19. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewers in Glen Road and Cardillo Terrace and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Daniel E. Dichirico et al. Article 20. To see if the town will vote to paint the Standpipe and appropriate the sum of $3500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 21. To see if the town will vote to purchase a compressor and ap- propriate the sum of $1500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 22. To see if the town will vote to extend the 16 inch water main in Columbia Street from Lynn-Swampscott line to Burrill Street and appropriate the sum of $7500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or take any ac- tion relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 23. To see if the town will vote to install new plumbing in the Water Department Shop on Pine Street as recommended by the Plumbing Inspector and Board of Health and appropriate the necessary money therefor from Water Avail- able Surplus or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewer- age Board. Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $75.00 to supplement the appropriation made under Article 47 of the warrant for the Annual 15 Town of Swampscott Town Meeting of 1953 for the purchase of a truck for the Sewer Department or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 25. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water & Sewerage Board to purchase or take by Eminent Domain premises shown as Plate 9 Lots 598, 599, and 600 of the Assessors' Plans for Standpipe purposes and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 26. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water & Sewerage Board to relocate the two car garage at the Sewer Pump Station and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 27. To see if the town will vote to replace the drain running along the rear of lots on Fuller Avenue connecting with the drain on Cedar Hill Terrace and authorize the Water & Sewerage Board to purchase or take by Eminent Domain the necessary easements therefor and appropriate the money necessary therefor from available funds or from unexpended appropriations or take any action relative there- to. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 28. To see if the town will vote to install a drain on Jessie Street as petitioned for by Filomena Buonanduci et al. and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. Article 29. To see if the town will vote to lay a drain in Phillips Terrace and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- itioned for by Theodore A. Dushan et al. Article 30. To see if the town will vote to enclose Hawthorne Brook from Humphrey Street to Sumner Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Anne Fox et al. Article 31. To see if the town will vote to repair the wall of the Cemetery on Essex Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action rela- tive thereto. Sponsored by Board of Selectmen and Superintendent of Cemetery. Article 32. To see if the town will vote to purchase a power mower for the use of the Cemetery Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Super- intendent of Cemetery. Article 33. To see if the town will vote to lay out a new section of the Cem- etery and grade the avenues and parks and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Superintendent of Cemetery. Article 34. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for taking the State Census for the year 1955. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 35. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $84.38 to reimburse Anthony F. D'Agnese for taxes paid by mistake on land on Worcester Avenue for the years 1946 through 1953. Petitioned for by Anthony F. D'Agnese ct al. 16 1954 Annual Report Article 36. To see if the town will vote to construct and originally equip and lurnish an addition to the Public Library on land adjacent to the present library and raise and appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from avail- able funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library. Article 37. To see if the town will vote to modernize the existing toilet and install a new public toilet in the Library and install a hot water system and make necessary repairs to the drinking fountain as recommended by the Plumbing Inspec- tor and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library. Article 38. To see if the town will vote to replace the lighting fixtures in the Public Library and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library. Article 39. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Planning Board to have a study made of the trunk line and other sewer extensions necessary to take care of removing sewage and other wastes from the Little's Point area and appro- priate $5000 therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Plan- ning Board, Water & Sewerage Commissioners and the Board of Health. Article 40. To see if the town will vote to continue the summer recreation project and appropriate the sum of $3,000 therefor or take any action relative there- to. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 41. To see if the town will vote to continue Insect Pest Control work as required by Section 11, Chapter 660, Acts of 1948 and that the sum of $5,000 be appropriated for same or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 42. To see if the town will vote to continue the Dutch Elm Control work as required by Section 13, Chapter 761, Acts of 1948 and that the sum of $3,000 be appropriated therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 43. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to purchase and erect a section of bleachers on the Westerly side of Blocksidge Field at Phillips Park or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 44. To see if the town will vote to purchase and erect a chain link fence along the Easterly side of Phillips Park and appropriate a sum of money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Com- missioners. Article 45. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for the purchase of shade trees to be planted on accepted streets or take any action rel- ative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 46. To see if the town will vote to purchase a brush disposal machine and appropriate a sum of money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Spon- sored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 47. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $1,000 to 17 Town of Swampscott loam, seed, and fertilize a section of Phillips Park for additional play space or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. Article 48. To see if the town will vote to purchase two automobiles to be used as patrol cars for the Police Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Chief of Police. Article 49. To see if the town will vote to purchase a motorcycle to be used by the Police Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Chief of Police. Article 50. To see if the town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town of Swampscott by adding thereto a new Section 7 of Chapter 3 to read as follows: (a) All boards, department heads, committees and officers of the Town of Swampscott shall submit the annual budget for each department on forms approved by the Committee to Study Standardization of Budgets and the Town Accountant. (b) All bills and vouchers submitted to the Town Accountant for pay- ment by any boards, department heads, committees and officers shall contain thereon a reference to the section of the standard budget form to which the expenditure shall be charged. Sponsored by the Committee to Study Standardization of Budgets. Article 51. To see if the town will vote to adopt the following by-law: 1. All regular employees of the Town of Swampscott, other than those ap- pointed by the School Committee, who have served fifteen years shall be granted an annual vacation of not less than three weeks per year. 2. Such vacations shall be granted by the heads of the respective departments of the town at such time as in their opinion will cause the least mterference with the performance of the regular work of the town. Petitioned for by John G. McLearn, et al. Article 52. To see if the town will vote to declare that a substantial shortage of rental housing accomodations exists in the Town of Swampscott and to con- tinue rent control in force and effect in the Town of Swampscott for a period of nine months from June 30, 1954 as provided by Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1953. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 53. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to include in the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1955, for submission to the voters, the following question, to be placed on the official ballot: Shall sections sixty-nine C to sixty-nine F, inclusive, of Chapter forty-one of the General Laws, providing for the establishment of a board of public works exercising the powers of certain other departments and town officers be ac- cepted } Sponsored by the Public Works Committee. Article 54. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to include in the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1955, for submission to the voters, the following question, to be placed on the official ballot: 18 1954 Annual Report Shall the town vote to have its Selectmen act as the Board of Public Works? Sponsored by the Public Works Committee. Article 55. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent domain for cemetery purposes a lot of land with the buildings thereon shown as Plate 13, Lot 4 of the Assessors' Plans of the Town of Swampscott and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Superintendent of Cemeteries. Article 56. To see if the town will vote to accept Section 57 A of Chapter 48 of the General Laws, as amended, which is an act providing that fire fighters and certain others in certain cities and towns shall be given an additional day off duty or, under certain circumstances, an additional day's pay when they are required to work on certain legal holidays. Petitioned for by Charles H. Lampard et al. Article 57. To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By-Laws by providing that the following described area be included in Business B-1 District, or otherwise be rezoned to permit the construction of buildings and maintenance and use of the same and land for retail business or any of the uses referred to in the Zoning By-Laws under Section 4 : Land on Paradise Road belonging to Lillian A. Little and bounded and des- cribed as follows: Northwesterly and Westerly by Paradise Road 1907.79 feet; Northerly by Vin- nin Street 172.88 feet; Northeasterly by Salem Street 485 feet; Southerly, Southeasterly, Northeasterly and Northerly in various courses by other land of Lillian A. Little 921.80 feet. Southeasterly by land of Tedesco Country Club 1437.98 feet; Southwesterly by land of Tedesco Country Club 108.58 feet; Northwesterly by land of Ted- esco Country Club 137.74 feet; Southwesterly by land of Tedesco Country Club in two courses 86.19 feet. Be all said measurements more or less. Petitioned for by Lillian A. Little et al. Article 58. To see if the town will vote to purchase one or two new fire engine pumpers of 750 gallon capacity and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department and Board of Selectmen. Article 59. To see if the town will vote to repair the Phillips Beach Engine House and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department. Article 60. To see if the town will vote to purchase or take by eminent do- main land in the rear of the Old Town Hall and in the rear of the Police Station and on said land and on Town-owned land located between the Police Station and the Old Town Hall, construct and originally equip and furnish a new Central Fire Station and raise and appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from available funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative thereto. The land to be taken for the above purpose is bounded and described as fol- lows: Northeasterly by Rock Avenue 26.27 feet; Southeasterly by land of Lowd and the Town of Swampscott 178.18 feet; Southwesterly by land now 19 Town of Swampscott or formerly of Goldberg and Collins 65.29 feet; Northwesterly by land now or formerly of Benford, 160.80 feet containing 7480 sq. feet more or less and being shown as lot 136A Plate One of the Assessors' Plans. Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department. Article 6l. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Park Com- missioners to purchase or take by eminent domain for park purposes the land located at the easterly end of Fisherman's Beach and appropriate the necessary money there- for or take any action relative thereto. Said land is bounded and described as fol- lows: Easterly, by Puritan Road on 3 courses, 22 feet, 161.79 feet, and 64.82 feet; Northwesterly, by a public way to beach, 180 ft. more or less; Southwesterly by the Atlantic Ocean, 179.69 ft. Said premises are shown on Plan of Land in Swampscott, Scale 1 inch equals 20 feet, dated August 20, 1948, Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer. Sponsored by the Park Commissioners. Article 62. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by Eminent Domain for school purposes, the land hereinafter described and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto; said land is described as follows: Westerly by land of New Ocean House Inc., 650 ft. more or less; North- westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 ft. more or less; Northeaster- ly by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 ft. more or less ; Northwester- ly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 ft. more or less; Westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 22 ft. more or less; Northwesterly by said land of the Town of Swampscott, 260 ft. more or less; Northeasterly by land of the Town of Swampscott on three courses, 63 ft., 20 ft. and 220 ft. more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 ft. more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Pur- itan Lane, and Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 ft. more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 ft. more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Rat- chesky, 345 ft. more or less ; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone, 55 ft. more or less ; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone and Florence N. Lord, 230 ft. more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes Inc., 104 ft. more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes Inc., 98 ft. more or less. Said parcels of land are shown on Assessors' Plans of the Town of SwampSLOti: Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 20, 21, 2lA and 22 and contains according to the above description approx- imately 321,250 sq. ft. of land. Sponsored by the School Committee. Article 63. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Committee and authorize the said committee to engage an archi- tect to prepare complete plans and specifications and engineering data for the con- struction of a new High School on the location described in the preceding article (viz. in the rear of Phillips Park) and appropriate the necessary money therefor from available funds or from the tax levy or take any action relative thereto. Spon- sored by the School Committee. 20 1954 Annual Report Article 64. To see if the town will vote to accept Duke Street as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by William T. Walsh et al. Article 65. To see if the town will vote to accept Young Avenue as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by Rosalyn R. Esterkes et al. Article 66. To see if the town will vote to accept Longley Avenue as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers Petitioned for by Melvin D. Musinsky et al. Article 67. To see if the town will vote to accept Shelton Road from 170. feet east of Beverly Road to Alden Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on con- dition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by George S. Gordon et al. Article 68. To see if the town will vote to accept Charlotte Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by Edna Grob et al. Article 69. To see if the town will vote to accept King's Beach Terrace from the point of acceptance to the northerly end thereof as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town En- gineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by Kenneth A. Freedman et al. Article 70. To see if the town will vote to accept Forest Avenue a distance of approximately 160 feet easterly from the 1949 acceptance line as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by Annamae Frazier. Article 71. To see if the town will vote to accept Phillips Terrace as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by Theodore A. Dushan et al. Article 72. To see if the town will vote to resurface Eastman Avenue and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- itioned for by Michael Vernava et al. Article 73. To see it the town will vote to resurface Bates Road and appro- priate the necessary money therefore or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Celia Kalish et al. Article 74. To see if the town will vote to resurface Porter Court with hot top and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- to. Petitioned for by Alice E. Burt et al. 21 Town of Swampscott Article 75. To see if the town will vote to resurface Muriel Road and ap- propriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- itioned for by Charles S. Feldman et al. Article 76. To see if the town will vote to resurface or repair Deer Cove Road and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- to. Petitioned for by Florence B. Nelligan et al. Article 77. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to pur- chase or take by eminent domain approximately 492 square feet of land located on the northwesterly corner of Humphrey Street and Forest Avenue for highway pur- poses and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- to. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 78. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to settle the land damage claims arising out of the taking of land by the County Commis- sioners for the widening of Humphrey Street between the Boston & Maine Rail- road and Salem Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 79. To see if the town will vote to accept an Act of the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorizing the Town to pay to Charlotte M. Rodrick, widow of Woodbury L. Rodrick, former employee of the Highway Department, an annuity for life of the sum of twelve hundred dollars, the same to be paid in equal monthly installments. Petitioned for by Al- bert F. Pashby, et al. Article 80. To see if the town will vote to pay to Charlotte M. Rodrick, widow of Woodbury L, Rodrick, former employee of the Highway Department, an annuity for life of the sum of twelve hundred dollars, the same to be paid in equal monthly installments, subject to authorization by the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Petitioned for by Albert F. Pash- by et al. Article 81. To see if the town will vote to authorize and direct the board ot Park Commissioners to prepare a long-range plan for the development of a portion of the land located at the end of Plymouth Avenue accepted as a gift from Louis Gutterman and the Homesites Realty Company under the vote under Article 17 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1951 and appropriate the neces- sary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Edward S. Underwood et al. Article 82. To see if the town will vote to rescind its acceptance of a gift of land from Louis Gutterman and the Homesites Realty Company under vote under Article 17 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1951. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, Article 83. To see it the town will vote to authorize the Surveyor of High- ways to purchase one 1/2 ton pick-up truck and sell or trade one 1/2 1939 pick-up truck for the use of the Highway Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Surveyor of High- ways. 22 1954 Annual Report Article 84. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to relieve the surface water condition on Winshaw Road or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Mary M. Hutchinson et al. Article 85. To see if the town will vote to reimburse Abram Bixby and Wil- liam H. Rothwell, 2nd for the construction of a new drain under Little's Point Road and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by William H. Rothwell 2nd. Article 86. To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter 2-B of the By- Laws, by inserting therein Section 6- A as follows: "A roll-call vote shall be taken on every motion made in pursuance of any request article in the warrant for any town meeting that calls for the raising and/or appropriating or transfer of funds amounting to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or more," or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Leon A. Hackett et al. Article 87. To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter III of the By- Laws, by inserting therein Section 3- A as follows: "The annual town report shall contain the names and addresses of all town officers and employees, together with the total amount of compensation received by each from the town during the pre- ceding year," or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Leon A. Hac- kett et al. Article 88. To see if the town will vote to take land by Eminent Domain for a way and construct a new road connecting Aspen Road and Millet Road, as shown on a plan titled "Proposed Land Taking, for New Road from Aspen Road to Millett Road," and dated January 1934, signed by W. W. Pratt, Engineer, on file in the office of the Town Engineer, and appropriate the necessary money there- for or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by May Maxwell et al. Article 89. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of Real Estate now or hereafter owned by the town and acquired through foreclosure or purchased under General Laws (Ter. Ed.), Chap- ter 60, as amended, for non-payment of taxes and appropriate a sum of money therefor, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 90. To see what action the town will take on the matter of transferring certain unexpended balances, as shown on the books of the Town Accountant as of December 31, 1953, to the Excess and Deficiency Fund, or take any action rela- tive thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. Article 91. To appropriate and raise by borrowing or otherwise, under any general or special law which authorizes the town to raise money by borrowing or otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may be necessary for any or all of the purposes mentioned in the foregoing articles. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. March 10, 1954 On the above date Kenneth W. Ulman submitted his written resignation as a member of the Finance Committee, effective March 11, 1954. 23 Town of Swampscott ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Monday. March 15, 1954 The following number of votes were cast: Precinct 1 400 Precinct 2 532 Precinct 3 447 Precinct 4 370 Precinct 5 478 Precinct 6 413 Total Votes Cast 2640 Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 Moderator for 1 Year Eichard B. Johnson 159 205 181 138 232 268 Kenneth W. Ulman (E) 203 278 235 198 199 116 Blanks 38 49 31 34 47 29 Selectmen for 1 Year Frederick E. Champion (E) . . 266 362 300 273 336 321 Edward K. Hempel (E) 227 373 317 276 328 319 Vincent P. O'Brien (E) 254 374 319 300 359 320 Lawson H. O'Brien 221 192 163 122 163 104 Blanks 232 295 242 139 248 175 Water and Sewerage Commissioner for 3 Years George B. Atkins (E) 250 303 267 166 184 194 Eoger A. Williams, Jr Ill 195 159 185 249 181 Blanks 39 34 21 19 45 38 Assessor for 3 Years Ernest Manchin (E) 259 395 330 261 277 269 William D. Brown, Jr 102 100 89 84 169 115 Blanks 39 37 28 25 32 29 Park Commissioner for 3 Years Frederick C. Burk (E) 348 447 393 319 413 367 Blanks 52 85 54 51 65 46 School Committee for 3 Years George A. Chadwell (E) 305 438 356 303 344 310 Lillian I. White (E) 252 324 293 240 324 300 Blanks 243 302 245 197 288 216 Trustee of Public Library for 3 Years Euth M. Barry (E) 299 389 346 286 333 302 Harold S. Eubin 54 87 72 55 107 74 Blanks 47 56 29 29 38 37 Board of Public Welfare for 3 Years Norbert A. Ulman (E) 319 421 359 291 345 328 Blanks 81 111 88 79 133 85 Board of Health for 3 Years Eobert C. Thompson (E) 21 102 89 128 108 156 Blanks 379 430 358 242 370 257 Surveyor of Highways for 3 Years Timothy J. Eyan (E) 278 416 324 275 325 331 Eeno S. Bisegna 104 92 92 73 113 54 Blanks 18 24 31 22 40 28 Total 1183 1229 228 1858 1840 1926 965 1331 1364 1080 196 1791 659 190 2287 353 2056 1733 1491 1955 449 236 2063 577 604 2036 1949 528 163 1954 Annual Report Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Constable for 1 Year Wayne Anderson (E) 276 371 298 226 292 281 1744 Leonard H. Bates (E) 278 407 345 261 318 300 1909 John Mattera (E) 239 297 238 167 272 288 1501 Frank G. W. Coletti 187 222 203 232 236 130 1210 Blanks 220 299 257 224 316 240 1556 Planning Board for 5 Years Ealph L. Williams (E) 306 390 oU 1 oo 1 <>4:0 904.8 Blanks 94 142 191 592 Commissioner of Trust Funds for 3 Years 400 532 447 370 478 413 2640 Housing Authority for 5 Years Eugene S. Moreau (E) 80 45 72 49 30 37 313 320 487 375 321 448 376 2327 Town Meeting Members Keno S. Bisegna (E) 215 Theodore A. Brown (E) 237 Mary A. Cappucio (E) 195 Joseph Fiore (E) 220 Nicholas Gallo (E) 226 Eric A. Holmgren (E) 229 Selden D. Hulquist (E) 223 Ealph H. Jackson, Jr. (E) 230 Hazel I. .Johnson (E) 233 Doris B. Linden (E) 215 David A. Niekerson (E) 231 Raymond H. Niekerson (E) 219 for 3 Years, Precinct 1 Joseph S. Eodrick (E) 227 Arthur Ventre (E) 219 Ealph W. Wade (E) 217 Thomas J. Boyce, Jr. (E) 215 Harold L. Jacobs, Jr 184 John J. Mattera (E) 186 J. Thomas Eiley 175 Elaine A. Eodrick 155 Woodbury L, Eodrick, Jr 167 Pearl A. Snow 184 Blanks 2598 Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 1 6 Blanks for 3 Years, Precinct 2 Donald J. Warnock (E) Carl Turner (E) Town Meeting Members John E. Daley (E) 356 George H. Dee (E) 328 David F. Doherty (E) 343 Eva A. Hardy (E) 339 William S. Healey (E) 337 Herbert 0. Heggie (E) 325 Harold M. King (E) 325 Gertrude G. Massey (E) 321 Philip H. Stafford (E) 345 John Stone (E) 339 Town Meeting Members Herbert D. Klein (E) 22 Town Meeting Members Anthony F. Pierre (E) 8 Town Meeting Members Eobert L. Benford (E) 289 Alfred F. Chatterton (E) 271 J. Campbell Deveney (E) 287 Eoland N. Devitt (E) 288 Howell E. Estey (E) 283 John Clarke Kane (E) 288 John G. McLearn (E) 305 Dorothy W. Mills (E) 283 Ernest O. Mills (E) 276 Edward E. Moore (E) 276 394 324 Philip M. Whitten (E) . . . 311 James E. Champion (E) 297 Jeanne M. Craig (E) 305 Leo W, Frechette (E) 301 Eichard A. Wales (E) 325 John H. Watts (E) 294 Norman C. Whitten (E) 324 Blanks 3737 for 2 Years, Precinct 2 Blanks for 1 Year, Precinct 2 Blanks 510 524 for 3 Years, Precinct 3 Spencer E. Olson (E) 282 Margaret M. Scanloii (E) 297 Harry M. Shanahan (E) 285 Eoger G. Skinner (E) 282 Henry A. Sleeper (E) 285 George W. Smith (E) 272 Ealph E Gould (E) 22 Harry J. Zimmermann (E) 34 Blanks 3441 25 Town of Swampscott Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 3 Daniel J. Mvers (E) 20 Blanks Adolf G. DiBenedetto (E) 14 860 Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 3 Charles Losano, Jr. (E) 19 Blanks 428 Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 4 P. Starr Cressey (E) 235 Ealph B. Earle (E) 248 Clementine L. Emery (E) 247 Lester B. Farwell (E) 247 Loring E. Frazier (E) 237 Helen E. Gillen (E) 238 George W. Howell (E) 238 Harold G. Hussey (E) 227 James R. Haddock (E) 230 Harold I. Power (E) 246 Willard F. Stearns (E) 254 Hatherley A. Stoddard, Jr. (E) .. 240 B. Shapleigh Symonds (E) 230 Richard B. Coan (E) 224 Edith P. Deutsch (E) 201 Robert L. Webster (E) 243 Roger A. Williams, .Jr. (E) 278 Harrv S. Davis (E) . . . 8 Blanks 2589 Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 4 Benjamin B. Blanchard (E) 14 Blanks C. Wendell Wood (E) 8 Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 5 David J. Abrahams (E) 273 Maxwell Field (E) 274 Philip M. Folger (E) 290 Michael M. Ingalls (E) 268 F. Martin Kirkpatrick (E) 291 Elihu N. Morse (E) 295 Ervin D. Remick, Jr. (E) 293 Francis L. Smith (E) 305 Tliomas W. Southward (E) 309 Harold P. Symmes (E) 287 718 Donald S. Whidden (E) 281 Bernard L. Baker (E) 232 Edith M. Bloch (E) 236 Frederick C. Burk (E) 347 Harold S. Rubin (E) 238 Jacob Shactman (E) 23 Carl J. Pagano (E) 21 Joseph Brace io (E) 2(i Blanks 4321 Ralph Mayo (E) Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 5 15 Blanks 463 Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 5 Anthony J. Queena (E) 15 Blanks Leslie L, Broadbridge (E) 14 927 Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 6 Dorothy K. Allison (E) 296 Richard G. Appel, Jr. (E) 281 Richard E. Blake (E) 296 Philip N. Gierke (E) 287 Charles M. Ewing (E) 282 George J. Harrington (E) 292 Robert IT. Ingalls (E) 286 Bertram C. Jacobs (E) 287 Harold A. Johnson (E) 282 Arnold C. Reynolds (E) 276 Owen J. Southwick (E) George F. Vincent (E) . Frank B. Wallis (E) . . , 280 285 Lillian J. White (E) 293 Robert 1. Williams 280 Bradlee M. Backman (E) 244 Ezra V. Saul (E) 214 Grace C. Whiteacre (E) 36 Blanks 2660 Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 6 Jeanne W. McCarty (E) 19 Blanks 394 Town Meeting Member for 1 Year, Precinct 6 A. Stuart Walker (E) 283 Blanks 130 26 1954 Annual Report ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday. March 23, 1954 In accordance with the adjournment of Monday, March 15, 1954, the Town Meeting Members were called to order at 7:55 P.M., the necessary quorum being present (250). The Town Meeting Members were sworn in by the Town Clerk, Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr. Meyer Finkelstein, Rabbi of Temple Israel, offered an Invocation. The warrant with the return thereon was read by Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., Town Clerk. Voted: That the reading of the records of the last meeting be omitted. Voted: Article 2. That the Town discharge the By-Law Committee and instruct the Moderator to appoint new committee to collect and codify the By- Laws of the Town and amendments thereto. Voted: Article 3. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted and that the sum of $250.00 be appropriated therefor. Voted: Article 4. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the committee on Job Classification and Wage Scale be continued. Voted: Article 5. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Tovv^n authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation of the revenue for the financial year beginning January 1, 1955, and to issue a note or notes there- for, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year, in accordance with Chapter 44 of the General Laws. Voted: Article 6. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 7. That the Cost of Living Item, under wages, be made permanent. Voted: That the total School Budget of items 97, 98, 99 and 100 be $643,609.00. Voted : To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recom- mendations as amended above: GENERAL GOVERNMENT Appropriations Totals Moderator Salary 150.00 ] 50.00 27 Town o\ Finance Committee Secretary Expenses Town Meeting Selectmen Chairman Associates (2) Secretary Clerk .\ Extra Clerical Expenses Town Accountant Accountant Clerk Clerk (Half time) Extra Clerical Expenses New Equipment Calculating Machines Rental Treasurer Treasurer Clerk Part Time Clerk Extra Clerical Expenses Certification of Notes and Bonds Collector of Taxes Tax Collector Clerk Expenses Town Counsel Salary Expenses Town Clerk Town Clerk Clerk Extra Clerical Vital Statistics Expenses Out of State Travel Board of Assessors Chairman Associates (2) Canvassers (6) Secretary Clerk Second Clerk Extra Clerical Expenses Elections and Registrations Registrars (4) Election Officers Canvassers (5) Clerk Extra Clerical Expenses 600.00 150.00 200.00 750.00 1,200.00 900.00 2,711.45 100 00 2,225.00 4,613.57 2,711.45 1,355.73 100.00 581.00 190.00 90.00 1,980.00 2,600.00 1,200.00 100.00 2,490.00 25.00 2,292.45 2,711.45 3,350.00 2,200.00 500.00 1,302.45 2,711.45 100.00 800.00 900.00 400.00 1,650.00 1,100.00 300.00 50.00 2,711.45 2,446.00 70.00 3,550.00 700.00 3,200.00 450.00 2,711.45 75.00 3,400.00 600.00 150.00 200.00 5,661.45 2,225.00 8,780.75 581.00 190.00 90.00 5,880.00 2,490.00 25.00 5,003.90 3,350.00 2,200.00 500.00 4,113.90 800.00 900.00 400.00 8,327.45 3,550.00 7,136.45 3,400.00 1954 Annual Report Engineering Engineer Assistant Engineer Trausitman Rodman-Inspector Extra Yearly Help Expenses Administration Building Custodian Assistant Custodian Assistant Custodian Expenses Equipment Repairs Town Hall Expenses Planning Board Clerk Expenses Board of Appeals Clerk Expenses Contributory Retirement Clerk Secretary Expenses Pension Accumulation Fund Military Service Credit .... 5,740 00 4,940.00 3,940.00 3,540.00 6,200.00 2,146.32 3,953.55 3,521.11 3,521.11 2,250 00 800.00 1.650.00 50.00 1,000.00 200.00 400.00 1,355.72 260.00 805.00 26,612.00 186.79 PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY Police Chief 5,018.90 Captains (3) 14,010.60 Patrolmen (20) 77,828.00 Reserves 15,161.81 Secretary 2,711.45 Extra Clerical 100.00 Expenses 9,030.43 Mobile Radio System 1,100.00 Uniforms 900.00 State Police Training 200 00 Out of State Travel 400.00 Fire Chief 5,018.90 Deputv Chief 4,670.00 Captains (5) 21,613.00 Regulars (25) 97,285.00 Reserves 3,580.64 Extra Labor 963.00 Overtime 1,000.00 Expenses 10,085.00 Out of State Travel 175.00 Uniforms 700.00 Hydrant Rental 1,000.00 Repair Phillips Beach Station 500.00 Civilian Defense Director 1,533.00 Expenses 3,000 00 24,360.00 2,146.32 10,995.77 2,250.00 800.00 1,650.00 50.00 1,000.00 200.00 400.00 1,615.72 805.00 26,612.00 186.79 114,830.76 9,030.43 1,100.00 900.00 200.00 400.00 134,130.74 10,085.00 175.00 700.00 1,000.00 500.00 1,533.00 3.000.00 29 Town of Swampscott Forest Warden Salary 100.00 100.00 Constable Salary 100.00 100.00 Sealer of Weights and Measures Salary 550.00 550.00 Expenses 815.00 315.00 Inspector of Buildings Inspector 2,200.00 Assistant 330.00 2,530.00 Expenses 210.00 210.00 Inspector of Wire Inspector 1,000.00 1,000.00 Expenses 100.00 100.00 Dog Officer Salary 880.00 880.00 Expenses 400.00 400.00 Insurance 10,062.21 10,062.21 HEALTH AND SANITATION Appropriations Totals Health Department Board (3) 550.00 Health Officer 4,040.00 Health Nurse 3,051.16 Clerk 2,711.45 Extra Clerical 400.00 Physician's 75.00 Inspector of Animals 500.00 11,327.61 Expenses 7,770.00 7,770.00 Refuse and Garbage 39,995.00 39,995.00 Sewer Department Commissioners (3) 495.00 Superintendent 4,994 24 One Man 3,801.28 One Man 3,540.28 Clerk 348.80 Overtime 1,050.00 14,229.60 Expenses 4,850.00 4,850.00 Emergency Sewers 1,450.00 1,450.00 Relocate Pump Station 700.00 700.00 Cemetery Superintendent 4,432.32 Labor (4) 14,159.44 Extra Labor 800.00 Overtime 700.00 Extra Clerical 150.00 20,241.76 Expenses 4,098.00 4,098.00 Rotary Drill 335.00 *335.00 * Voted that $335.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. Purchase Cemetery Lot 192 00 $192.00 % Voted that $192.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. Lined Vaults 1,000.00 tl,000.00 t Voted that $1,000.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. Chain Saw 250.00 J250.00 X Voted that $250.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. 1954 Annual Report Highways and Bridges Surveyor Clerk Laborers (26) . . . . Expenses Snow and Ice Salary Expenses Lighting Streets 4,914.90 240.00 92,036.36 24,000.00 7,000.00 4,000.00 37,000.00 97,191.26 24,000.00 7,000.00 4,000.00 37,000.00 CHARITIES Appropriations Totals Public Welfare Board Members (3) 385.00 Secretary 100.00 Clerk 2,711.45 Agent 572.00 3,768.45 Eelief 13,000.00 13,000.00 Disability Assistance 6,000.00 6,000.00 Aid to Dependent Children 8,000.00 8,000.00 Old Age Assistance Bureau Members (3) 990.00 Secretary 100.00 Agent 3,596.44* Clerk 2,711.45* Social Worker 3,340.00* 10,737.89 * Voted that $3,000.00 of Agent's salary, $2,500.00 of Social Worker 's salary be paid from O.A.A. U.S. Grant Administration, $1,000.00 of the Clerk's salary be paid from A.D.C. U.S. Grant, and the remainder from the tax levy. Old Age Assistance 80,000.00 80,000.00 Veterans Services Director 1,320.00 1,320.00 Expenses 435.00 435.00 Assistance 2,900.00 2,900.00 Equipment 38.25 38.25 Pensions Highway 6,926.60 Fire 19,264.04 Police 7,166.52 Dog Officer 500.00 33,857.16 Workmen's Compensation Agent 50.00 50.00 Expenses 1,350.00 1,350.00 SCHOOLS Schools Salaries Expenses Auxiliary Agencies . . Outlay Out of State Travel . Lunch Account Vocational Education Appropriations 536,059.00 86,050.00 18,000.00 3,500.00 750.00 200.00 3,200.00 Totals 536,059.00 86,050.00 18,000.00 3,500.00 750.00 200.00 3,200.00 31 Town of Swampscott LIBRARY Aj)propriations 1 orajs T ii 1^7*0 v\r ±j\\ji <xi y T ii r~iT*ti 1*1 Q n Children 's Librarian 3,249.26 Eeference Assistant 8,249.26 Circulation Assistant 2,711.45 Office Assistant 2,420.00 Janitor ;i,470.oo Assistants per hour 1,700 00 Substitute Janitor 100.00 21,365.60 8,907.00 8,907.00 Park Superintendent 4,914.90* Regular Labor Special Help 39,208.46 2,881.74 Secretary 50.00 Extra Labor 1,500.00 Overtime 500.00 Sound Technician 60.00 49,115.10 Expenses *Voted that the Superintendent 's 13,150.00 13.150.00 salary be fixed at $4 914.90. Moth Control 5,000.00 5,000.00 Dutch Elm 3,000.00 3,000.00 Shade Trees 500.00 500 00 UNCLASSIFIED Appropriations Totals Legion Lease 1,750.00 1,750.00 Town Reports 2,000.00 2,000.00 Reserve Fund 20,000.00 ^20,000.00 *Voted that $20,000.00 be appropriated from the Overlay Roser\(\ ENTERPRISES Water Commissioners (3) 1,485.00 Superintendent 5,140.00 Clerk 3,123 20 Assistant Clerk 2,711.45 Labor (1) 3,801.28 Labor (6) 21,241.68 Meters 1,600.00* Standby Pay 2,257.32 Extra Labor 1,600.00 42,959.93 Expenses 9,455.00 9,455.00 * Voted that rate of pay not to exceed $50.00 weekly per man. Metropolitan Water Tax . . . ' 33,000 00 ' 33,000.00 Loan and Interest 8,160.00 8,160.00 Emergency Water 10,000.00 10,000.00 Pipe and Fittings 7,500.00 7,500.00 Voted that the sum of $80,574.93 be appropriated from the Water Department Receipts for the year 1954, and that the sum of $30,500.00 be transferred from the Water Available Surplus Account to the Water Department for the following items: Metropolitan Water Tax, Emergency Water and Pipe and Fittings. Interest General Debt 25,318.75 Temporary Loans 1,500.00 Bank Service Charge 59 50 26,878.25 1954 Annual Report Maturing Debt General Debt Inside 81,000.00 General Debt Outside 28,000.00 109,000.00 CONTROLS Rent Control Clerk 695.00 695.00 Expenses 25.00 25.00 Voted: Article 8. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town fix the salary and compensation of all elective officers of the Town as provided by Section 108 of Chapter 41, General Laws, as amended: Selectmen (;}) Chairman $ 750.00 Another Member 600.00 Another Member 600.00 Moderator 150.00 Town Clerk 1,302.45 Collector of Taxes 2,292 45 Water and Sewerage Commissioners (3) Chairman 1,100.00 Another Member 440.00 Another Member 440.00 Assessors (3) Chairman 1,650.00 Another Member 550.00 Another Member 550.00 Treasurer 1,980.00 Board of Public Welfare (3) Chairman 165.00 Another Member 110.00 Another Member 110.00 Board of Health (3) Chairman 220.00 Another Member 165.00 Another Member 165.00 Surveyor of Highways 4,914.90 Constable (one of three) 100.00 All effective from January 1, 1954. The appropriations necessary to provide for the payment of these rates are in the budgets of the various departments under Article 7. Voted: Article 9. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Assessors, the Board of Park Commis- sioners and the Planning Board each to appoint a member of such Boards to act as Secretary thereof and that the salary of such incumbents be fixed at $50.00 per year, as provided by Section 4- A, Chapter 41, General Laws. The appropriations necessary to pay these salaries have been provided for in Article 7. 33 Town of Swampscott Voted: Article 10. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 11. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town transfer from the Excess and Deficiency Fund Account to the Current Revenue Account the sum of $175,000.00 said sum to be used and applied by the Board of Assessors in reduction of the tax levy for the year 1954. Voted: Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate $1,200.00 for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 13. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate $1,000.00 for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 14. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate $200.00 for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 15. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate $300.00 for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 16. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town carry on a sidewalk construction program under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 83, Sections 25 and 26 and that the sum of $6,500.00 be appropriated therefor. Voted: Article 17. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 18. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town extend the sewers in any or all of the following streets: Laurel Road, Pine Hill Road, Nantucket Avenue, Coolidge Road, Worcester Avenue and in any other streets recommended by the Board of Health and the Water and Sew- erage Board and that the sum of $35,000.00 be appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: That $7,459.82 be transferred from the Puritan Road sewer appropriation; and that $7,000.00 be transferred from the State Road appropriation and that the balance, namely $20,540.18 be appropriated from the tax levy for the current year. Voted: Article 19. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 34 1954 Annual Report Voted: Article 20. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town paint the standpipe and that the sum of $3,500.00 be appro- priated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. Voted: Article 21. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town purchase a compressor for the Water Department and that the 5um of $1,500.00 be appropriated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. Voted: Article 22. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as foUcws: That the Town extend the 16" water main in Columbia Street from the Lynn- Swampscott line to Burrill Street and that the sum of $7,500.00 be appropriated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. Voted: Article 23. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate the sum of $800.00 from the Water Available Surplus Account for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 24. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the sum of $75.00 be appropriated for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 25. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Water and Sewerage Board be authorized to purchase or take by emi- nent domain the premises shown as Plate 9, Lots 598, 599, 600 of the Assessors' Plans for the purpose of erecting a standpipe thereon and that the sum of $1,600.00 be appropriated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. Unanimous. Voted: Article 26. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed as the monies necessary to •do this work have been appropriated in the Sewer Department budget. Voted: Article 27. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Water and Sewerage Board be authorized to purchase or take by emi- nent domain necessary easements to replace the drain running along the rear of lots on Fuller Avenue and connecting with the drain on Cedar Hill Terrace and that the sum of $10,500.00 be appropriated therefor in the manner following: That $1,374.01 be transferred from the Bay View Drive drain account; that the sum of $7,313.49 be transferred from the New Ocean House account; and that the sum of $1,812.50 be appropriated from the tax levy for the current year. Unani- mous. Voted: Article 28. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town install a drain on Jessie Street and that the sum of $2,500.00 be appropriated therefor. 35 Town of Swampscott Voted: Article 29. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 30. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 31. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows : That the sum of $1,500.00 be appropriated from the Cemetery Lots Fund for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 32. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the sum of $900.00 be appropriated from the Cemetery Lots Fund for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 33. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town layout a new section of the Cemetery and grade the avenues and parks and that the sum of $10,000.00 be appropriated therefor as follows: That $6,000.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund and that $4,000.00 be appropriated from the tax levy of the current year. Voted: Article 34. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the sum of $750.00 be appropriated for the purpose of this article. Voted: Article 35. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the sum of $84.38 be appropriated for the purpose of this article. Voted: Article 36. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town construct and originally equip and furnish an addition to the Public Library on land adjacent to the present library; that the said construction be carried on by a committee of five to be appointed by the Moderator, one of whom shall be a member of the Board of Library Trustees ; that the said committee shall have the power to engage an architect to prepare plans and specifications, to enter into contracts for the construction of the said addition to the Library and to do all things necessary to equip and furnish said addition to the Public Library and that the sum of $80,000.00 be appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $70,000.00 and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Lav/s so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or note or such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may determine. Unanimous. 36 1954 Annual Report Voted: Article 37. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 38. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town replace the lighting fixtures, except the children's room, in the Public Library and appropriate therefor the sum of $6,500.00. Voted: Article 39. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 40. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 for the purposes of this arti- cle. Voted: Article 41. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 42. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 43. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 44. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate the sum of $800.00 for the purpose of this article. Voted: Article 45. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 46. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town purchase a brush disposal machine and that the sum of $3,000.00 be appropriated therefor. Voted: Article 47. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for the purpose of this article. Voted: Article 48. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town purchase tv/o automobiles to be used as patrol cars for the Police Department and that the sum of $3,200.00 be appropriated therefor and that the Selectmen be authorized to sell or trade two patrol cars now being used by the Police Department. 37 Town o\ Voted: Article 49. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town purchase a motorcycle for the Police Department and that the sum of $1,150.00 be appropriated therefor. Voted: Article 50. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted. Unanimous. Voted: Article 51. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted. Unanimous. Voted: Article 52. To continue rent control in force and effect in the Town of Swampscott for a period of nine months from June 30, 1954, as provided by Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1953, and appropriate the sum of $695.00 to cover the cost of administration thereof for the period July 1, 1954 to December 31, 1954. For: 155 ; Against: 75. Voted: Article 53. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted. Voted: Article 54. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted. Voted: Article 55. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Tov/n authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by emi- nent domain for cemetery purposes a lot of land with the buildings thereon shown as Plate 13, Lot 4 of the Assessors' Plans of the Town of Swampscott and that the sum of $1.00 be appropriated therefor. Unanimous. Voted: Article 56. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be adopted. Voted: Article 57. That no action be taken on this article. For: 125; Against: 133. The Planning Board made their report. ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday, March 30, 1954 Voted: To dispense with the reading of the records of the last meeting. Voted: Article 58. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town purchase two 750-gallon fire engine pumpers for the Fire De- partment and that the Selectmen be authorized to trade in or otherwise sell or dis- pose of the present two old fire engine pumpers and that the sum of $32,000.00 be appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: 38 1954 Annual Report That $8,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be auth- orized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $24,000.00; and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor, payable in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws so that the whole loan be paid in not more than five years from date of the issuance of the first bond or note or such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may determine. For: 210, Against: 16. Voted: Article 59. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of article 60. Voted: Article 60. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of Article 61. Voted: Article 61. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Park Commissioners to purchase or take by eminent domain for park purposes the land located at the easterly end of Fisherman's Beach and that the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar be appropriated there- for. Said land is bounded and described as follows: Easterly by Puritan Road on 3 courses, 22 feet, 161.79 feet and 64.82 feet; Northwesterly by a public way tc beach, 180 feet more or less; Southwesterly by the Atlantic Ocean, 179.69 feet. Said premises are shown on Plan of Land in Swampscott, Scale 1 inch equals 20 feet, dated August 20, 1948, Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer. Unanimous. Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of Article 62. Voted: Article 62. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent domain for school purposes the land hereinafter described and that the sum of Seventy Thousand ($70,000.00) Dollars be appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current year, and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $60,000.00 and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or note or such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may determine. The land to be taken is bounded and described as follows: Westerly by land of New Ocean House, Inc., 650 feet more or less: North- westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 feet more or less; Northeasterly by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 feet more or less ; Northwesterly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 feet more or less; Westerly by land of the 39 Town of Swampscott Town of Swampscott, 22 feet more or less; Northwesterly by said land of the Town of Swampscott, 260 feet more or less; Northeasterly by land of the Town of Swampscott on three courses, 63 feet, 20 feet and 220 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Puritan Lane, and Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Ratchesky, 345 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone, 55 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone and Florence N. Lord, 230 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes, Inc., 104 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes, Inc., 98 feet more or less. Said parcels of land are shown on Assessor's Plans of the Town of Swampscott Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13. 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 20, 21, 21-A, and 22 and contain according to the above description approximately 321,250 square feet of land. Roll call vote; For: 166, Against: 80. Voted: Article 63. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town appropriate $20,00.00 for the study and preliminary plans and specifications and contractors' estimates of costs which mclude $2,000.00 for adequate borings to be taken for the high school at the proposed site at Phillips Park, that the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Com- mittee of five citizens, one of whom shall be selected from the School Committee. Voted: Article 64. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town accept Duke Street as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on con- dition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers and that the sum of $2,570.00 be appropriated therefor. Planning Board concurs. Voted: Article 65. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Planning Board concurs. Voted: Article 66. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to take by eminent domain two parcels of land located on Longley Avenue for the purpose of a way and that the sum of ($1.00) dollar be appropriated therefor. Said land is more particularly bounded and described as follows: Part 1 : Beginning on the East side of Atlantic Avenue and the Northwest corner of land owned by Vaneita A. O'Brien; then S 53°-26'-12'' E by land of Vaneita A. O'Brien for a distance of five hundred and seventy-two and forty-six one hundredths (572.46) feet; thence S 6l°-39'50'' E. by land of Vaneita A. O'Brien and Edgar and Myra B. Lebow for a distance of two hundred and ninety- nine and fifty-seven one hundredth:, (299.57) feet to the Westerly side of Brown Road; thence curving in a Southwesterly direction with a radius of thirty (30.00) feet for a distance of five and forty-nine one hundredths (5.49) feet to the Norther- ly side line of Longley Avenue; thence N 6l°-39'-50'' W along the Northerly line 40 1954 Annual Report of Longley Avenue for a distance of two hundred and ninety-four and sixteen one- hundredths (294.16) feet; thence N 33°-26'-12" W along the Northerly side of Longley Avenue for a distance of five hundred and seventy-two and sixty one hundredths (572.60) feet to the Easterly side line of Atlantic Avenue; thence curving in a Northeasterly direction with a radius of nine hundred and fifty-seven and seventy-eight one hundredths (957.78) feet for a distance of fifty-two one- hundredths (0.52) feet to the point of beginning. The above-described parcel contains 435 square feet plus or minus. Part 2: Beginning on the Easterly side of Brown Road and the corner of land owned by Edgar and Myra B. Lebow; thence S 6l°-39'-50'' E by land of Edgar and Myra B. Lebow for a distance of one hundred and eigthy-four and twenty-five one hundredths (184.25) feet to the Westerly side line of Ocean Avenue; thence S 73°-43'-50" W along the Westerly side line of Ocean Avenue for a distance of seventy-one one hundredths (0.71) feet to the intersection of the Northerly side line of Longley Avenue; thence N 6r-39'50''' W along the Northerly side line of Longley Avenue for a distance of one hundred seventy-eight and twenty-nine one hundredths (178.29) feet to the beginning of a curve to Brown Road; thence curving Northwesterly by Brown Road with a radius of thirty (30.00) feet for a distance of five and forty-eight one hundredths (5.48) feet to the point of beginning The above-described parcel contains 90 square feet, plus or minus, and both parcels are shown on a Plan of Land, now or formerly owned by Longley Colony, Inc., situated in the Town of Sv/ampscott dated March 10, 1954, drawn not to scale and signed by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer. Planning Board concurs. Unanimous. Voted: Article 67. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town accept Shelton Road from 170 feet east of Beverly Road to Alden Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers and that the sum of $2,880.00 be appropriated therefor. Planning Board concurs. Voted: Article 68. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town accept Charlotte Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers and that the sum of $1,880.00 be appropriated therefor. Planning Board concurs. Voted: That article 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76 be considered together. Voted: Articles 69-76 (incl.) That action on these articles be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 77. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent domain approximately 492 square feet of land located on the northwesterly corner of Humphrey Street and Forest Avenue for highway purposes and that the sum of one ($1.00) dollar be appropriated therefor. Said land is bounded and described as follows: 41 Town of Swampscott Beginning at the interesection of the Westerly side of Humphrey Street and the Southerly side of Forest Avenue, and a stone bound set at this intersection; thence S 24°-23'-40'' W by Humphiey Street for a distance of eighty-one and twenty one hundredths (81.20) feet to a stone bound set at the angle point of Humphrey Street; thence S 50°-25'-50'' W by Humphrey Street for a distance of eighty-one and twenty one hundredths (81.20) feet; thence curving in a Northeast direction with a radius of three hundred and fifty-one and twenty-one one hundredths (351.21) feet for a distance of one hundred and fifty-nine and sixty one hundredths (159.60) feet, by land of George S. and Ada G. Hosmer, to the point of beginning. The above-described parcel contains four hundred and ninety-two (492) square feet plus or minus. For: 135, Against: 40. Voted: Article 78. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to settle the land damage claims arising out of the taking of the land by the County Commissioners for the widening of Humphrey Street between the Boston and Maine Railroad and Salem Street and appropriate Two thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars for the purposes of this article. Voted: That articles 79 and 80 be considered together Voted: Articles 79 and SO. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amiended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town pay Charlotte M. Rodrick, widow of Woodbury L. Rodrick, former employee of the Highway Department, an annuity for life of the sum of twelve hundred dollars, the same to be paid in equal monthly installments, subject to authorization by the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massa- chusetts, and that the sum of $1,200.00 be appropriated to pay the same for the current year. For: 95, Against: 67. Voted: That articles 81 and 82 be considered together. Voted: Articles 81 and 82. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on these articles be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 83. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Surveyor of Highways to purchase a 1/2 *^on jeep type truck and sell or trade a 1/2 ton 1939 pick-up truck for the use of the Highway Department and appropriate the sum of Twenty-Four Hundred ($2,400.00) Dol- lars for the purposes of this article. Voted: Article 84. To accept the report of the Finance Committee as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be laid on the table. Voted: Article 85. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 86. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That this article be laid on the table. 42 1954 Annual Report Voted: Article 87. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 88. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent domain for a way 8212 square feet of land together with the necessary slope easements as shown on plan, "Proposed Land taking for New Road from Aspen Road to Millett Road dated January, 1934, W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer" and that the sum of $1,401.00 be appropriated therefor. Unanimous. Voted: Article 89. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of real estate now or hereunder owned by the Town and acquired through fore- closure or purchased under General Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 60, as amended, for non-payment of taxes. Voted: Article 90. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town transfer to the Excess and Deficiency Account the following unexpended balances as shown on the Town Accountant's books as of December 31, 1953: 1. Blodgett Avenue $ 938.65 2. Dale Street 188.27 3. Stanley Road 850.77 4. Lewis 'Road :^86.28 5. Allen Road Drain 4,290.09 6. Brown Road Aeeeptance 151.66 7. Muriel Road 26.40 8. Pine Hill Road 129 46 Total $6,961.58 Voted: Article 91. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. April 16, 1954 On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following to serve on the By-Law Committee. Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr. Paul C. Stevens James W. Santry, Jr. William Carey Frank B. Wallis Richard Blake Richard Chambers April 16, 1954 On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following to serve on the Library Building Committee. Nelson J. Darling, Jr. Philip Kitfield Andrew R. Linscott Doris Linden Richard G. Appel, Jr. 43 Town of Swampscott V/ARRAm FOR SPECIAL ELECTION April 26, 1954 1. Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized to purchase or take by eminent domain for school purposes the land hereinafter described and the sum of seventy thousand ($70,000.00) dollars appiopriated therefor to be raised as follows: That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $60,000.00 and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Law<: so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or note or such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Select- men, may determine. The land to be taken is bounded and described as follows: Westerly by land of New Ocean House, Inc., 650 feet more or less; North- westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 feet more or less; Northeasterly by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 feet more or less ; Northwesterly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 feet more or less; Westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 22 feet more or less; Northwesterly by said land of the Town of Swampscott, 260 feet more or less; Northeasterly by land of the Town of Swampscott on three courses, 63 feet, 20 feet and 220 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Puritan Lane, and Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Ratchesky, 345 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone, 55 feet more or less ; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone and Florence N. Lord, 230 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes, Inc., 104 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes, Inc., 98 feet more or less. Said parcels of land are shown on Assessors' Plans of the Town of Swampscott Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 20, 21, 2lA and 22 and contain according to the above description approxi- Yes ( ) mately 321,250 square feet of land. No ( ) 2. Shall the Moderator be authorized to appoint a School Building Committee of five citizens one of whom shall be selected from the School Committee and shall the sum of twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars be appropriated for the study, preliminary plans and specifications and contractors' estimates of costs, which sum shall include two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars for adequate borings which may be taken for the construction of a high school at the proposed Yes ( ) site at Phillips Park ? No ( ) 44 1954 Annual Report The following number of votes were cast: Precinct 1 365 Precinct 2 519 Precinct 3 453 Precinct 4 486 Precinct 5 523 Precinct 6 547 Total Vote Cast 2893 Precincts 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Question No. 1 Yes 98 165 154 219 240 365 1241 No (E) 249 326 283 237 250 169 1514 Blanks 18 28 16 30 33 13 138 Question No. 2 Yes 105 167 159 231 260 363 1285 No (E) 260 344 293 251 262 177 1587 Blanks 8 1 4 1 7 21 April 29, 1954 On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following to serve on the Finance Committee: Richard Chambers, Precinct 2; Herbert C. Heggie, at large; Jacob Shactman, at large. SPECIAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday, May 11. 1954 Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following Salary and Job Classification Plan and designate the same as Chapter XIV of the Town By-Laws. Chapter XIV Section I — The Plan There is hereby established a classification and salary plan, hereinafter desig- nated as the plan for the Town of Swampscott under authority of Section 108a of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, and all other acts thereto enabling, for positions in the service of the Town classifying certain employees other than those filled by popular election, those under the direction and control of the School Committee into groups and classes doing substantially similar work or having substantially equal responsibilities. Sec. 2 — Classification of Jobs The Official Classification plan for positions in the service of the Town shall consist of the classes listed by titles in Section 7a of this Chapter which is hereby made a part hereof. Sec. 3 — Personnel Board (a) There shall be a Personnel Board to administer the plan consisting of five members. Three persons, not officers or employees of the Town, shall be appointed by the Moderator, one of whom shall be a member of the Finance Committee of the Town of Swampscott and two employees, other than elective and appointive officers of the Town shall be elected by the employees. 45 Town of Swampscott (b) The Personnel Board shall be established as soon as the plan is passed by the Town Meeting and the members can be appointed. Forthwith, after the effective date of this by-law, the Moderator shall appoint three members, one for three years, one for two years, and one for one year. Thereafter, the Moderator, not later than April 1 of the year in which the term of a member will expire shall appoint his successor for a term of three years. The employees shall elect two members for three years. The first year, the employee representations will be appointed by the moderator. Thereafter, the employees, not later than April 1 of the year in which the term of a member will expire, shall elect his successor for a term of three years, such election to be con- ducted under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen and in accordance with such rules and regulations as the Board of Selectmen may prescribe. (c) If a member, appointed by the Moderator, resigns or his office becomes vacant by his removal from the Tov^n, or other cause, the Moderator shall appoint his successor for the balance of the unexpired term of such member. Should a vacancy for any reason occur in the membership elected by the employees, the employees shall elect his successor for the balance of the unexpired term of such member. (d) The Personnel Board shall administer the Plan and shall establish such procedures as it deems necessary for the proper administration of the plan. (e) Forthwith after its election and annually, the Board shall meet and or- ganize by electing a Chairman and Clerk. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority vote of the Board shall determine the action the Board must take on all matters upon which it is authorized or required to pass under the Plan. The Personnel Board may employ assistance and incur expenses as it deems necessary, subject to appropriation of funds therefor. (f) The Board shall maintain adequate personnel records of all employees subject to this plan, said records shall be kept in the custody of the Personnel Board. Department Heads shall provide such information as the Personnel Board shall request. (g) The Personnel Board shall review the work of all employees subject to this plan at intervals of not more than three years. The Board may add a new position, tentatively, to the classification schedule, or reclassify an existing position to a different group, subject to the subsequent ratification of its action by formal amendment of the Plan by vote of Town at a Town Meeting. (h) The Personnel Board may authorize an entrance rate higher than the minimum upon recommendation of a department head, supported by evidence in writing of special reasons and exceptional circumstances satisfactory to the Personnel Board and such other variance in the Plan as it may deem necessary for the proper functioning of the service of the Town. No variance shall become effective unless, or until, the necessary funds have been appropriated therefor. (i) The Personnel Board shall make an annual report in writing to the Board of Selectmen on or before January 20 of each year, (j) The Plan may be amended from time to time by vote of any Town Meeting. (k) If any request under the salary schedule is denied by the Personnel Board, the department, the individual, or Branch of the Town involved, may appeal to the Town for a final decision at a subsequent Town Meeting in a special article in the Town Warrant. 46 1954 Annual Report (1) The Personnel Board shall maintain written job descriptions of the jobs or positions in the classification schedule of the plan each consisting of a statement describing the essential nature of the work, characteristics of the position that dis- tijiguish the position from other positions. The description for any position shall be construed solely as a means of iclentification and not as prescribing what the duties or responsibilities of any position shall be, or as modifying, or in any way affecting, the power of any administrative authority, as otherwise existing, to appoint, to assign duties to, or to direct and control the work of any employee under the jurisdiction of such authority. Sec. 4 — Civil Service Nothing in this Classification and Salary Plan shall be construed to conflict with Chapter 31 of the General Laws. Sec. 5 — Physical Examination Every person hereinafter employed by the Town subject to this plan except occasional or substitute employees, shall undergo a physical examination. The examining physician shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall render a sealed report of his findings to the Personnel Board having the name of the applicant written on the envelope. After receipt of the report has been entered on the Personnel Board's records, such report shall be deposited with the Retirement Board of safe-keeping, the contents subject to future review only by a physician designated by the Selectmen, otherwise the report shall be confidential. COMPENSATION PLAN Sec. 6 — Salary Schedule (a) The salary schedule of the plan, set forth in section 7-b of this Chapter, shall consist of the maximum and minimum salaries, step rate salaries, for the groups and positions in the classification plan. The salary range of a group shall be the salary range for all positions classified in such group. (b) All employees shall continue to be paid on an hourly, weekly, monthly, or other basis, as at present, except as provided in the salary plan, unless otherwise authorized by the Personnel Board or by amendment of the salary plan. (c) No board, officer or head of a department shall fix the salary of any employee in a position so classified except in accordance with such plan. (d) No person shall be appointed, employed or paid as an employee in any position subject to the provisions of the plan under any title other than those of the classification schedule, or the duties which are actually performed. The job title in the plan shall be the official title of the position and shall be used in all administrative and employment records. (e) All employees included in the plan shall be eligible for reclassification and pay adjustment subject to the approval of the Board or authority having im- mediate jurisdiction over such employees and the Personnel Board. (f) Promotions from minimum to maximum salaries shall be successive steps annually, but shall not be mandatory. Individual advancement shall be on a merit (Not necessarily on length of service) and shall be subject to approval of the Board or authority having immediate jurisdiction over such employee. Any employee denied such an increase has the right of appeal to the Personnel Board. In the event the Personnel Board denies the appeal or the employee, action may be taken as outlined in Section 3, paragraph (k) of this chapter. 47 Town of Swampscott (g) Any salary rate which is above the maximum rate for a job as estabhshed by this salary administration plan shall apply only to the incumbent al the time the plan is adopted. (h) The hiring rate shall be the minimum of the rate range of the job for which the new employee is hired, unless otherwise authorized by the Personnel Board. (i) The first six months of employment for all new personnel shall be a probationary period, at the end of which the employee may advance one step rate, provided such an advance is recommended by the Board, or authority having juris- diction, to the Personnel Board. Otherwise he shall be eligible for consideration after one year of continuous full time service. This shall not apply in the case of a transfer or promotion from one job to another. (j) Each department head subject to this plan shall include in his estimates required by the provisions of Section 59 of Chapter 41 of the General Laws a pay adjustment section setting forth in detail the amounts which will be required for anticipated pay adjustments during the ensuing year and shall furnish a copy thereof to the Personnel Board. Section 7-a LIST OF PROPOSED CLASSES OF POSITIONS Pay Scale Number Classification S-1 File Clerk S-2 Junior Clerk S-3 Senior Clerk S-4 Assistant Custodian Administration Building- S-4 Director Veteran Service S-4 Custodian Park Department 8-4 Principal Clerk S-5 Custodian Administration Building- S-5 Junior Engineer 's Aid S-6 Library Assistant PF-1 Patrolman PF-1 Fire Fighter S-6 Senior Engineer's Aid S-6 Health Nurse S-7 Cemetery Superintendent S-7 Health Officer S-7 Inspector of Animals PF-2 Fire Captain PF-2 Police Captain S-7 Welfare Agent S-8 Assistant Engineers S-8 Water Superintendent and Sewer Superintendent PF-3 Fire Deputy Chief S-8 Park Superintendent S-8 Town Accovmtant S-8 Head Librarian PF-4 Police Chief PF-4 Fire Chief S-10 Town Engineers W-3 Laborer — Unskilled W-4 Laborer — Semi-skilled W-5 Craftsman W-6 Foreman 48 1954 Annual Report Section T-b PROPOSED PAY SCALES SCHEDULE I — SALARY SCALE Pay Scale Intermediate Rates Number Minimum (1) (2) Maximum Range S-1 C J- $ 47.25 $ 49.75 2392.00 2457.00 252'' 00 Lj*J LU 1^ ,\J\J 2587 00 $195 S-2 $ 47 75 $ 49.80 $ 51.90 4? 54 00 9483 00 9t8Q fiO 2698.80 2808 00 $325 o o <fe ^9 on $ 56,20 $ 58.25 2740 00 ^1 aL\J »\J \' 2813.20 2922.40 3029 00 $325 S-4 $ 56.00 $ 58 40 $ '60".80 $ 63.25 2912.00 3036.80 3161.60 3289.00 $377 S-5 $ 61.00 $ 64.10 $ 67.20 $ 70.25 3172.00 3333.20 3-494.40 3653.00 $481 S-6 $ 67.25 .$ 70.60 $ 73.90 $ 77.25 3497.00 3671.20 3842.80 4017.00 $520 S-7 $ 74.75 $ 79.] 5 $ 83.55 $ 88.00 3887.00 4115.80 4344.60 4576.00 $689 S-8 $ 84.50 88.50 $ 92.50 $ 96.50 4394.00 4602.00 4810.00 5018.00 $624 S-9 $ 92.50 $ 97.15 $ 101.80 $ 106.50 4810.00 5051.80 5293.60 5538.00 $728 S-10 $ 102.50 $ 107,25 $ 112.00 $ 116.75 5330.00 5577.00 5824.00 6071.00 $741 PROPOSED PAY SCALES SCHEDULE II — WAGE SCALE Pay Scale Intermediate Rates Number Minimum (1) (2) Maximum Range W-1 $ 1.15 $ 1.18 $ 1,21 $ 1.24 $0.09 46.00 47.20 48.40 49.60 2392.00 2454.40 2516.80 2579.20 W-2 $ 1.19 $ 1.24 $ 1.29 $ 1.34 $0.15 47.60 49.60 51.60 53.60 2475.20 2579.20 2683.20 2787.20 W-3 $ 1.30 $ 1.35 $ 1.40 $ 1.46 $0.16 52.00 54.00 56.00 58.40 2704.00 2808.00 2912.00 3036.80 W-4 $ 1.40 $ 1.46 $ 1.52 $ 1.58 $0.18 56.00 58.40 60.80 63.20 2912.00 3036.80 3161.60 3286.40 W-5 $ 1.53 $ 1.60 $ 1.68 $ 1.76 $0.23 61.20 64.00 67.20 70.40 3182.40 3328.00 3494.40 3660.80 W-6 $ 1.69 $ 1.77 $ 1.85 $ 1.93 $0.24 67.60 70,80 74.00 77.20 3515.20 3681.60 3848.00 4014.40 W-7 $ 1.86 $ 1.98 $ 2.09 $ 2.20 $0.34 74.40 79.20 83.60 88.00 3868.80 4118.40 4347.30 4576.00 W-8 $ 2.11 $ 2.21 $ 2.31 $ 2.41 $0.30 84.40 88.40 92.40 96.40 4388.80 4596.80 4804.80 5012.80 Note: Weekly and yearly wages calculated on basis of 40 hour week and 52 week year. Town o\ PROPOSED PAY SCALES SCHEDULE III — POLICE — FIRE SALARY SCALE Pay Scale Intermediate Rates Number Minimum (1) (2) PF-1 $3500.00 $3600.00 $3700.00 $3800.00 PF-2 $4000.00 $4100.00 $4200.00 $4300.00 PF-3 $4500.00 $4600 00 $4700.00 $4800.00 PF-4 $5000.00 $5125.00 $5250.00 $5375.00 Maximum $3900.00 $4400.00 $4900 00 $5500.00 Range $400.00 $400.00 $400.00 $500.00 Sponsored by the Wage Scale and Job Classification Committee. SPECIAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday. June 22, 1954 Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Committee and authorize the said Committee to engage an archi- tect to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the approximate cost for the construction of a new high school on approximately the location described in Article 62 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1954, and appropriate the necessary money therefor from the tax levy or from available funds or take any action relative thereto. The said School Building Committee to report its findings and recommendations to a Special Town Meeting as soon as possible. Petitioned for by more than two hundred registered voters of the Town and sponsored by the School Committee. Article 2. To see if the Tov/n will authorize and direct a special committee of seven persons to be appointed in the manner hereinafter set forth, to investigate, study and consider the possibility, advisability and practicability of constructing an addition to the present Hadley School Building and equipping it for school purposes and also to estimate the cost of the same and of all land necessary to be purchased or taken by eminent domain or otherwise legally acquired for said purpose; said committee to file its report with the Town Clerk as soon as convenient and in any event, before October 1, 1954; said committee to be appointed by the Town Mod- erator consisting of the following: Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the School Committee, President of the Upper Swampscott Improvement Association, President of the Shaw Improvement Association, President of the Puritan Civic Association and President of the Neighborhood Club Association; and that for the purposes of said committee in making such an investigation and report the sum of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars be appropriated therefor to be raised by transfer from available funds in the Treasury or take any other action relating to an addition to the Hadley School Building, and that the committee's report when ready be put in proper printed or typewritten form and mailed to each Town Meeting Member. Petitioned for by James W. Buchanan et al. Article 3. To see if the Tov/ti will vote to accept the recommendation of the School Committee that a new high school, not a junior high school, be constructed to meet the school housing needs; this recommendation based upon the survey and analysis made by the Educational Service Associates, the recommendation of the 50 1954 Annual Report Public Building Needs Committee, the analysis made by Adams, Howard and Greeley, Planning Consultants; and based on present school enrollments which confirm the several survey predictions and analysis and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the School Committee. Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Committee and authorize the Committee to engage an architect to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and estimates of the approximate cost for the construction of additional school building facilities, and appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from available funds, by borrowing or otherwise, or take any action relative thereto; said Committee to file its report with the Town Clerk as soon as possible, and in any event not later than October 1, 1954; and recommend that the Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than November 1, 1954 to act on the report of said Committee; and the Committee's report, when ready, to be printed and mailed to each Town Meeting Member. Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to determine whether the facilities referred to in Article 4 should be constructed for the Senior High School. Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to determine whether the facilities referred to in Article 4 should be constructed for the Junior High School. Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. Article 7. To see if the Town, having voted under Article 5 that such facilities should be constructed for the Senior High School, will either select by vote of the Town Meeting or authorize the aforesaid School Building Committee to recommend a site from among the following: a. The Tedesco Site, more particularly described in Article 8 of the Special Town Meeting for May, 1950. b. The Phillips Park Site, more particularly described in Article 62 of the Annual Town Meeting for 1954. c. The present Senior High School site or its vicinity. d. The land now owned by the Town on Elmwood Road, Monument Avenue and Burrill Street. e. Jackson Park or its vicinity f. The vicinty of the Standpipe. g. Any other sites. Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. Article 8. To see if the Town, having voted under Article 6 that such facilities should be constructed for the Junior High School, will either select by vote of the Town Meeting or authorize the aforesaid School Building Committee to recommend a site from among the following: a. The Chick Estate. b. Redington Street property. c. Any other sites. Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 51 Tonii of Snmnpscott Article 9. To see if the Tov/n will vote to accept a gift of $10,000.00 and the historical collection of papers and documents relating to the Town of Swamp- scott from Henry S. Baldwin and instruct the Library Building Committee to construct a suitable room in the new addition to the Swampscott Public Library to house the said historical material and that the said room be named "The Henry S. Baldwin Historical Room" or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Library Trustees and the Library Building Committee. Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Library Building Committee to accept gifts of money or personal propert}' up to a total value of $25,000.00 to be used in the construction and furnishing of the addition to the Swampscott Public Library or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Library Trustees and the Library Building Committee. Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money from available funds to relieve the surface ^ater condition on Winshaw Road or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water and Sewerage Board. Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to install a drain in Eulow Street a distance of approximately 155 feet and appropriate the necessary money therefor from available funds or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water and Sewerage Board. SPECIAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday, June 22. 1954 Voted: Article 1. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Commit- tee of nine members, one from each of the six precincts, one from the Finance Committee, one from the School Committee and one member at large to be the chairman, and that the said Committee be authorized to engage an architect to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the approximate cost for the construction of a new high school; this recommendation based upon the survey analysis made by the Educational Service Associates, the recommendation of the Public Building Needs Committee, the analysis made by Adams, Howard and Greeley, Planning Consultants; and based on present school enrollments which confirm the several survey predictions and analysis; and that the sum of 320,000.00 be appropriated therefor from the Excess and Deficiency fund; said Committee to file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954 and that the Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 to act on the report of said Committee, For: 130, Against: 62. Voted: Article 2. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a committee of seven per- sons to be known as Hadley School Building Committee, one member from each precinct and one at large to investigate, study and engage an architect to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the approximate cost, and also the cost of all land necessary to be purchased or taken by eminent domain 52 1954 Annual Report or otherwise acquired for such purposes for alterations or additions or both to the present Hadley School Building to equip it for school purposes; and that the sum of $5,000.00 be appropriated therefor from the Excess and Deficiency Fund; said Committee to file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954 and that the Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 to act on the report of said Committee. Voted: Article 3. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: That Articles 4, 5 & 6 be considered together. Voted: To dispense with the reading of these Articles. Voted: Articles 4, 5 & 6. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on these articles be indefinitely postponed. Voted: To dispense with the reading of Article 7. Voted: Article 7. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the selection of the site for the senior high school be made by the School Building Committee from the sites enumerated in this article, said Committee to file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954; and that the Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 to act on the report of said Committee. Voted: To dispense with the reading of Article 8. Voted: Article 8. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 9. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town accept a gift of $10,000.00 and the historical collection of papers and documents relating to the Town of Swampscott from Henry S. Baldwin and instruct the Library Building Committee to construct a suitable room in the new addition to the Swampscott Public Library to house the said historical material and that the said room be named "The Henry S. Baldwin Historical Room". Unanimous. Voted: Article 10. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town authorize the Library Building Committee to accept gifts of money or personal property up to a total value of $25,000.00 to be used in the construction and furnishing of the addition of the Swampscott Public Library. Voted: Article 11. That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Voted: Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recommendations as follows: That the Town install a drain in Eulow Street a distance of approximately 155 feet and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 from the Excess and Deficiency Fund therefor. 53 Tomi of Swampscott July 26, 1954 On the above date Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator, appointed the following to serve on the Hadley School Building Committee in accordance with the vote of the Special Town Meeting held June 22, 1954: Member at Large: Mrs. Kenneth T. White Member Precinct 1 Member Precinct 2 Member Precinct 3 Member Precinct 4 Member Precinct 5 George Knowlton Philip H. Stafford Roger Skinner Burt Harding David M. Roach Member Precinct 6: Fred Brennan and the following to serve on the High School Building Committee in accordance with the vote of the Special Town Meeting held June 22, 1954: Member Member Member Member Member Member Member Member Member at Large Finance Committee School Committee Precinct 1 Precinct Precinct Precinct Precinct Precinct Frank B. Wallis Harvey P. Newcomb George A. Chad well Mahlon G. Knowles Albert H. Waite George W. Smith Frederick P. Broughton Marion Doen Morse Bruce Hamlin STATE PRIMARY September 14, 1954 To bring in their votes to the Primary Officers for the Nomination of Candi- dates of Political Parties for the following offices: GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth TREASURER AND RECEIVER-GENERAL for this Commonwealth AUDITOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth ATTORNEY GENERAL for this Commonwealth SENATOR IN CONGRESS for this Commonwealth REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS for 6th Congressional District COUNCILLOR for 5th Councillor District SENATOR for 1st Essex Senatorial District THREE REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT for l4th Essex Representative District REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY for Essex County COUNTY COMMISSIONER for Essex County COUNTY TREASURER for Essex County 54 1954 Annual Report The following number of votes were cast: Republicans Democrats Precinct 1 74 52 Precinct 2 120 40 Precinct 3 119 38 Precinct 4 121 22 Precinct 5 110 34 Precinct 6 153 31 Total vote cast: Eepublican 697; Democrat 217 REPUBLICAN BALLOT Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Governor Christian A. Herter, Boston . . 62 110 110 110 102 133 627 Blanks 12 10 9 11 8 20 70 Lieutenant Governor Sumner G. Whittier, Everett. . 60 110 114 114 101 144 643 Blanks 14 10 5 7 9 9 54 Secretary Michael J. McCarthy, E. Bridgewater 57 97 106 104 92 135 591 Blanks 17 23 13 17 18 18 106 Treasurer Augustus G. Means, Essex ... 61 97 110 109 100 141 618 Blanks 13 23 9 12 10 12 79 Auditor William P. Constantino, Clinton 61 91 108 103 93 129 585 Blanks 13 29 11 18 17 24 112 Attorney General George Fingold, Concord 62 105 111 100 97 140 615 Blanks 12 15 8 21 13 13 82 Senator in Congress Leverett Saltonstall, Dover .. 60 107 111 108 101 141 628 Blanks 14 13 8 13 9 12 69 Congressman, Sixth District William H. Bates, Salem 61 108 113 113 102 142 639 Blanks 13 12 6 8 8 11 58 Councillor, Fifth District Arthur A. Thompson, N. Andover 57 96 111 103 92 130 589 Blanks 17 24 8 18 18 23 108 Senator, First Essex District Thomas P. Gallagher, Lynn ... 55 93 101 94 89 122 554 Blanks 19 27 18 27 21 31 143 Representatives in General Court Fourteenth Essex District Ernest W. April, Salem 56 80 93 91 87 115 522 John A. Davis, Marblehead ... 57 86 93 96 86 121 539 Thomas M. Newth, Swampscott 67 97 106 103 95 125 593 Blanks 42 97 65 73 62 98 437 Town of Swampscott Precinct 12 3 4 District Attorney, Eastern District Hugh A. Cregg, Methiien 37 72 87 77 Philip L. Sisk, Lynn 33 45 31 41 Blanks 4 3 1 3 Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex County Richard J. White, Jr., Lynn . . 60 96 109 109 Blanks 14 24 10 12 County Treasurer, Essex County David D. Black, Lynn 17 36 28 16 J. Everett Collins, Andover . . 4 10 16 20 Bertram V. Hawthorne, Lynn. 11 11 22 29 Leslie E. Luscombe, Lynn .... 14 17 19 14 Earle H. Smith, Marblehead. . 14 34 25 28 Blanks 14 12 9 14 County Commissioner, Essex County Arthur A. Thompson, Methuen 22 31 36 22 David Burns, Middleton 8 15 13 8 William H. Haskell, Marblehead 37 58 65 78 Blanks 7 16 5 13 64 43 3 23 10 16 13 33 15 21 9 69 11 105 47 1 95 127 15 26 44 18 17 14 41 19 36 12 89 16 ^otal 442 240 15 596 101 164 78 106 91 175 83 168 65 396 DEMOCRATIC BALLOT Governor Eobert F. Murphy, Maiden . . . 34 34 26 19 Francis E. Kelley, Boston 16 4 11 3 Blanks 2 2 1 Lieutenant Governor James A. Burke, Boston 45 38 32 21 Blanks 7 2 6 1 Secretary Edward J. Cronin, Chelsea ... 42 36 33 20 Blanks 10 4 5 2 Treasurer Clement A. Eiley, Norwood . . 21 18 17 6 William F. Carr, Boston 10 10 9 4 John F. Kennedy, Canton 17 9 10 10 Blanks 4 3 2 2 Auditor Thomas J. Buckley, Boston . . 42 34 34 19 Blanks 10 6 4 3 Attorney General John F. Collins, Boston 40 35 34 19 Blanks 12 5 4 3 26 8 26 25 9 4 2 23 22 9 20 11 163 47 7 185 32 180 37 48 63 18 177 40 173 44 Senator in Congress Foster Furcolo, Longmeadow John T. Fitzgerald, Boston . Joseph L. Murphy, Boston . Blanks 38 31 21 12 23 21 146 4 4 6 2 2 2 20 7 2 7 8 6 3 33 3, 3 4 3 5 18 1954 Annual Report Precinct 1 Congressman, Sixth District Andrew J. Gillis, Newburyport 29 John F. X. Gleason, Gloucester 20 Blanks 3 Councillor, Fifth District Michael J. Batal, Lawrence . . 5 Joseph F, Bateman, Lawrence. 7 William G. Hennessey, Lynn. . 26 Mario J. Lucchesi, Andover . . 10 Blanks 4 Senator, First Essex District Charles V. Hogan, Lynn 42 Blanks 10 Representatives in General Court Fourteenth Essex District Eugene S. Moreau, Swampscott 45 Peter J. Thornton, Salem 12 Blanks 99 District Attorney, Eastern District V. Frederick Sano, Lynn 39 Blanks 13 County Commissioner, Essex County John E. Ahern, Andover 5 Edmund F. Curley, Swampscott 44 Blanks 3 County Treasurer, Essex County Thomas F. Duffy, Lynn 43 Blanks 9 2 3 4 5 6 Total 11 15 2 13 10 80 24 20 18 14 15 111 5 3 2 7 6 26 5 2 4 4 5 25 1 1 2 2 2 15 31 25 11 22 17 132 1 5 2 n oo 2 5 3 4 5 23 33 34 18 28 27 182 7 4 4 6 4 35 29 33 18 29 20 174 16 11 8 8 11 66 75 70 40 65 62 411 32 28 16 26 19 160 8 10 6 8 12 57 14 12 72 17 19 136 3 9 1 2 2 3 3 16 38 34 17 26 25 184 1 2 3 5 3 17 33 32 17 27 22 174 7 6 5 7 9 43 Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex County John J. Costello, N. Andover. . 17 13 9 7 Frank E. Eiley, Jr., Lynn 32 27 28 13 Blanks 3 1 2 WARRANT FOR STATE ELECTION Tuesday/ November 2, 1954 To bring in their votes to the Election Officers on one ballot for the following offices : GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth TREASURER AND RECEIVER-GENERAL for this Commonwealth AUDITOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth ATTORNEY GENERAL for this Commonwealth SENATOR IN CONGRESS for this Commonwealth REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS for 6th Congressional District COUNCILLOR for 5th Councillor District SENATOR for 1st Essex Senatorial District 57 Town of Swampscott THREE REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT for l4th Essex Representative District DISTRICT ATTORNEY for Essex Count>^ REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY for Essex County COUNTY COMMISSIONER for Essex County COUNTY TREASURER for Essex County QUESTION NO. 1 A. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of all alcoholic beverages (whisky, rum, gin, malt beverages, wines and all other Yes ( ) alcoholic beverages) ? No ( ) B. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of wines and malt beverages (wines and beer, ale and all other malt beverages) ? Yes ( ) No ( ) C. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of all alcoholic beverages in packages, so called, not to be drunk on the premises ? Yes ( ) No ( ) QUESTION NO. 2 A. Shall the pari-mutuel system of betting on licensed horse Yes ( ) races be permitted in this county? No ( ) B. Shall the pari-mutuel system of betting on licensed dog Yes ( ) races be permitted in this county ? No ( ) QUESTION NO. 3 "Shall the State Senator from this district be instructed to vote for a resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation providing for a pension of not less than $100 per month to all retired citizens Yes ( ) at 65 years of age or over?" No ( ) STATE ELECTION November 2. 1954 The following number of votes were cast: Precinct 1 984 Precinct 2 1049 Precinct 3 1047 Precinct 4 993 Precinct 5 986 Precinct 6 1126 Precinct Governor (Christian A. Herter, Republican . . . l»oy)ert F. Murphy, Democratic . . . Lawrence Gilfedder, Socialist Laboi Guv H. Williams, F*rohi})ition Blanks 1 2 4 o b Total 603 758 752 754 740 960 4567 360 288 288 280 283 158 1557 1 1 1 3 o 2 2 6 19 2 7 6 10 s 52 58 1954 Annual Report Precinct Lieutenant Governor Sumner G. Whittier, Republican . . . James A. Burke, Democratic Donald E. Babcock, Prohibition . . . Francis A. Votano, Socialist Labor . Blanks Secretary Edward J. Cronin, Democratic .... Michael d. McCarthy, Republican . Fred M. Ingersoll, Socialist Labor . William D. Ross, Prohibition Blanks Treasurer John F. Kennedy, Democratic Augustus G. Means, Republican . . . Henninii A. Blomen. Socialist Labor Isaac Goddard, Prohibition Blanks Auditor Thomas J. Buckley, Democratic . . . . William P. Constantino, Republican. John B. Lauder, Prohibition Anthony Martin, Socialist Labor . . . Blanks Attorney General George Fingold, Republican John F. Collins, Democratic Howard B. Rand, Prohibition Malcolm T. Rowe, Socialist Labor . . Blanks Senator in Congress Leverett Saltonstall, Republican . . . Foster Fureo^o. Demo'-ratic Tlielma Inoer^oJl, Socialist Labor .. Harold J. Ireland, Prohibition Blanks Congressman, Sixth District William H. Bates, Republican Andre'v J. Gillis, Democratic Blanks Councillor, Fifth District Arthur A Thomson, Republican . . . . Michael J. Batal, Democratic Blanks Senator, First Essex District Charges V. Hogan. Democratic Thomas P. Gallagher, Republican . . . Blanks 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 609 749 756 763 741 966 4584 ;55i 279 283 217 218 140 1488 2 5 7 8 3 5 3 7 1 27 16 16 3 5 20 19 79 423 385 361 288 335 274 2066 618 647 667 606 791 3843 7 8 10 5 5 10 45 7 5 9 4 4 2 31 33 33 20 29 36 49 200 398 320 325 256 261 190 1750 559 702 703 713 696 901 4274 1 9 1 1 2 7 4 2 4 3 2 15 22 23 14 21 28 31 139 473 398 406 329 352 301 2259 471 605 616 629 586 774 3681 4 4 2 1 3 2 16 2 2 3 2 9 36 40 23 32 42 47 220 597 744 760 734 738 933 4506 356 290 275 237 226 168 1552 3 2 4 9 3 3 1 7 25 13 12 15 22 24 111 584 712 696 706 673 874 4245 382 325 338 277 307 242 1871 3 1 2 2 8 3 1 1 5 12 10 11 9 6 8 56 706 845 837 839 810 1005 5042 263 186 193 138 156 88 1024 15 18 17 16 20 33 119 592 702 705 716 658 860 4233 353 297 295 218 246 179 1588 39 50 47 59 82 87 364 552 510 481 421 405 368 2737 404 505 538 545 532 694 3218 28 34 28 27 49 64 230 Ton n of Smjinpscott Eepresent-atives in General Court Fourteentli Essex District ErnesT W. April. Republican 435 537 547 571 505 694 3289 John A. Davis, Republican 495 591 630 634 592 782 3724 Thomas M. Xewth, Republican 720 803 799 776 734 905 4737 510 441 449 403 445 359 2607 244 242 218 160 183 126 1173 Blanks 548 533 498 435 499 512 3025 District Attorney, Eastern District Hujih A. Cregs, Republican 574 682 698 697 674 898 4223 V. Fretieriek Sano, Democratic 388 348 334 267 276 190 1803 Blanks 22 19 15 29 3<T 38 159 Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex Cfounty John J, Costello, Democratic 377 317 303 244 250 202 1693 Richar<i J. White, Jr. Republican . . 584 695 711 705 686 869 4250 Blanks 23 o — 33 44 50 55 242 County Commissioner, Essex County Arthur A. Thompson. Republican . . . 564 675 687 700 639 838 4103 37S 319 323 240 263 194 1717 Blanks 42 55 •-> - O 1 53 84 94 365 County Treasurer, Essex County Thomas F. Duffv. Democratic 463 410 421 313 348 288 2243 J. Everett Collins, Republican 485 589 591 631 568 764 3628 36 ou 49 70 74 314 Question No. 1: Alcoholic Beverages A. Yes 750 S22 780 781 814 923 4S70 No 152 155 198 151 117 136 909 Blanks 82 72 69 61 55 67 406 B. Yes 696 768 720 714 748 837 4483 Xo 153 141 187 143 101 122 847 Blanks 135 140 140 136 137 167 855 (- . Yes 733 789 758 747 782 892 4701 Xo 139 128 179 129 91 98 764 Blanks 112 132 110 117 llo loo Question No. 2: Pari-Mutuel A. Yes 566 606 559 535 548 531 3345 Xo 296 323 364 358 338 495 2174 Blanks 122 120 124 100 100 100 666 B. Yes 540 545 516 486 485 488 3060 Xo 289 338 369 369 350 500 2215 Blanks 155 166 162 138 151 138 910 Question No. 3: Pension Yes 768 765 748 672 639 62;; 4215 Xo 128 192 204 235 246 369 1374 Blanks 88 92 95 86 101 134 596 60 1954 Annual Report Board of Assessors Thomas F. Collins, Chairman Ernest Manchin, Secretary Thomas E. Andresen The Board of Assessors submit all figures used to determine the Tax Rate for the year 1954: $47.00 per thousand. VALUATIONS Real Estate $28,926,575.00 Personal 1,755,875.00 Total $30,682,450.00 APPROPRIATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS State $ 56,618.08 County 104,638.12 Town 2,079,638.60 Total $ 2,240,894.80 ESTIMATED RECEIPTS AND AVAILABLE FUNDS Taxation on Property and Polls $ 1,450,032.19 Taxation on Motor Vehicles 135,392.48 Receipts from State 194,746.14 Receipts from County 3,357.54 Receipts from Town 183,642.13 Available Funds 273,724.32 Total $ 2,240,894.80 TABLE OF AGGREGATES Number of Persons, Partnerships & Corporations 3950 Number of Polls 3984 Number of Acres 1924 Number of Dwellings 3237 Value of Land $ 7,188,105.00 Value of Buildings 21,738,470.00 Motor Vehicles and Trailers assessed (not figured in the Tax Rate) Number of Cars 6615 Valuation $ 4,658,990.00 Excise Tax Assessed 186,912.49 61 Town of Swampscott Town Accountant I. Murray Adams, Accountant A uniform budget system was introduced in 1954, and it is hoped that this will facilitate the preparation of figures, and make them more understandable to the laymen. The figures below disclose a marked increase in excise receipts. The Surplus account is much lower, as $201,000.00 was transferred from this fund for various purposes in '54. In accordance with the provisions of Section 61, Chapter 41, of the General Laws, the following report is submitted. It is arranged in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Director of Accounts. A detailed report of the receipts and expenditures for year ending December 31, 1954 is available at this office. WtiEFG tliG Money Came Frnm 1958 1954 CASH ON HAND JANUARY 1 $ 451,279.02 $ 726,149.42 GENERAL REVENUE Swampscott Taxes: Poll 6,662.00 6,736.00 Personal 73,890.85 76,257.40 Real Estate 1,349,785.89 1,332,386.46 Chapter 59 Sec. 5A 649.80 Tax Title Redemption 8,409.10 3,638.35 Housing Authority 836.61 2,592.00 Total Taxes 1,440,234.25 1,421,610.21 From State: Corporation Tax 92,426.25 94,390.66 Income Tax 78,701.53 77,740.00 Meal Tax 2,898.28 3,662.83 Schools 29,702.55 46,586.95 Total From State 203,728.61 222,380.44 Special Assessments: Motor Vehicle Excise 138,285.27 181,765.83 Sewer 14,175.61 7,825.00 Sidewalk 1,457.31 2,869.29 Total Special Assessments 153,918.19 192,460.12 Court Fines and Judgments 66 00 225.00 Permits and Licenses 6,811.50 2,588.00 Total Fines and Permits 6,877.50 2,813.00 Grants and Gifts: Chapter 90 State 14,755.11 Chapter 90 County 619.96 3,934.68 County— Dog Tax 900.73 1,054.36 Federal Government: Aid Dependent Children 7,485.11 5,867.95 Old Age Assistance 64,784.18 64,207.33 Disability Assistance 3,906.04 2,573.01 Total Grants and Gifts 77,696.02 92,392.44 62 1954 Annual Report WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM — Continued DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS: Treasurer 8.70 Town Hall 360.00 360.00 Board of Appeals 135.00 95.00 Planning Board 5.00 7.00 Police 118.10 110.60 Building Inspector 285.00 251.00 Wire Inspector 303.75 543.25 Civilian Defense 261.00 Sealer Weights and Measures 182.00 135.30 Health 418.64 1,333.28 Plumbing Inspector 1,548.00 2,628.00 Sewer 30.00 300.00 Telephone 223.22 271.70 Public Welfare 3,928.66 5,340.24 O.A.A. (Cities-Towns) 4,684.55 3,660.54 O.A.A. (State) 55,335.21 52,787.81 Disability Assistance 4,047.88 2,229.06 O.A.A. Recovery 2,721.00 9,413.42 D.A. Recovery 991.05 Vet^s Services 1,264.29 1,086.48 A.D.C 3,896.45 3,579.15 School Tuition 1,796.19 Vocational Training 839.36 1,471,86 Lunch 36,709.23 40,819.70 Athletic Fund 5,662.67 7,942.02 Miscellaneous 508.03 1,594.60 Rent Control 501.56 Library 1,569.87 1,785.89 Park 706.20 690 00 Centennial 3.00 Claims 29.21 Tailings 269.14 Total Departmental Receipts . . . 127,580.21 140.197.65 MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS: Temporary Loans 300,000.00 Bond Issues: School 560,000.00 Water Mains 60,000.00 Bond Premiums 1,674.40 235.40 Bond Interest 653.33 Total Municipal Indebtedness . . 562,327.73 360,235.40 INTEREST Taxes 1,214.35 818.06 Excise 66.88 38.85 Tax Titles 624.77 314.23 Committed Interest 609.53 745.15 Sewer 59.19 Sidewalk 3 40 Total Interest 2,515.53 1,978.88 Tax Title Costs 161.50 84.00 Fees 12.00 Total Costs 173.50 84.00 63 Town of Swampscott WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM — Continued TRUST FUNDS: Library 226.92 225.40 Phillips Medal 130.04 65.71 Cemetery 148.78 157.85 Baldwin Gift 10,000.00 Total Gifts and Trust Funds . . . 505.69 10,448.96 ENTERPRISES AND AGENCY: Cemetery Sales of Lots 6,335.00 5,574.00 Fees 4,182.47 3,310.37 Eecording Fees 81.00 34.00 Water: Rates 80,684.20 84,751 62 Rents 1,500.00 1,500.00 Seryiees 11,776.74 18,862.44 Liens 8,022.49 8,860.38 Interest 78.44 Total Enterprises and Agency . . 107,531.90 112,466.25 Withholding Tax 149,221.91 134,068.24 Dog Licenses 1,809.60 1,113.60 Refunds 11,133.66 3,543.62 TOTAL RECEIPTS $3,296,083.82 $8,421,942.28 Where the Money Went 1958 1954 GENERAL GOVERNMENT: Moderator % 150.00 J ^ 150.00 Town Meeting 199.62 119.17 Finance Committee — Wages and Expenses Selectmen — Wages and Expenses . . 725.26 796.82 7,644.78 7,888.06 Accounting — Wages and Expenses . 9,482.48 9,542 89 Treasurer — Wages and Expenses . . 7.099.24 8,363.15 Tax Title Foreclosure 850.00 892.31 Certification 16.00 Collector of Taxes — Wages and Expenses 8,403.70 8,304.96 Town Clerk — Wages and Expenses 5,688.86 5,344.98 Town Clerk Tray el 400 00 250.00 Law 2,834.59 4,382.22 Election-Registration — Wages and Expenses 7,925.39 9,042.42 Assessors — Wages and Expenses . . 10,842.31 10,448.44 Engineering — Wages and Expenses 25,198.15 25,788.15 Administration Building — Wages and Expenses 12,508.41 13,966.16 Town Hall — Expenses 8,546 20 1,422.12 Planning Board — Wages and Expenses 501.95 662.51 Board of Appeals — Wages and Expenses 490.41 581.66 Contributory Retirement 30,164.35 29,219.51 Total General Goyernment 184,600.60 137,121.-18 1954 Annual Report WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY Police — Wages and Expenses 122,287.42 124,091.17 Uniforms 1,366 25 750.00 Eadio 958.16 760.73 Travel 388.16 349.80 Car 1,200.00 3,190.60 School 200.00 200.00 Motorcycle 1,189.30 Total Police Department 126,399.99 130,531.60 Fire — Wages and Expenses 142,069.50 145,883.45 Travel 145.63 375.00 Uniforms 1,249.75 683.73 Hydrant Rental 1,000.00 1,000.00 Phillips Beach Engine House .... 116.62 Fire Pump 65.13 Total Fire Department 144,464 88 148,123.93 Forest Warden 94.00 100.00 Building Inspector 2,689.62 2,735.39 Sealer of AVeights and Measures . . . 875.00 865.00 Civil Defense 5,686.03 4,199.91 Dog Officer 1,218 32 1,149.95 Constable 100.00 100.00 Insurance 8,062.07 8,281.92 Wire Inspector 1,175.00 1,100.00 Total Miscellaneous Protection . 19,900.04 18,532.17 HEALTH AND SANITATION Health — Wages and Expenses 18,653.10 18,733.25 Refuse and Garbage 39,995.00 39,995.00 Total Health $ 58,648.10 $ 58,728.25 Sewer — Wages and Expenses 18,686.68 19,083.99 Brooks 43.44 Emergency Sewer 622.50 910.50 Particular Sewer 100.42 Puritan Road Sewer 11,292.26 New Sewers 33.793.65 New Ocean House Drain 23,311.85 Alden Road Drain 3,260.00 Sewer Truck 25.62 1,036.90 Bav View Drive Drain 5,439.34 586.65 Humphrey Street Drain 3,759 76 414.28 Kings Beach Terrace Drain 650.00 Drains and Catch Basins 1,713.07 1,602.51 Fuller Avenue Drain 13,341.01 Total Sewer $ 68,904.94 $ 70,769.49 HIGHWAYS Highways — Wages and Expenses . . 116,661.24 118,565.26 Snow and Ice 5,594.05 7,753.91 Lighting Streets 34,965 79 37,080.33 Chapter 90 114.66 35,690.63 Blodgett Avenue ' 2,610.67 Sidewalks 9,427.11 2,405.27 Shelton Road 1,812.31 Charlotte Road 735.38 Duke Street 1,383.46 Stanley Road 21.56 Nason'^and Laurel Road 124.62 1.707 91 Lewis Road and Brewster Terrace . . 212.69 Dale Street 111.73 65 Town of Swampscott WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued Brown Eoad Acceptance Muriel Road Pine Hill Road Truck Alden Road Acceptance Land Taking Total Highway $ CHARITIES AND VETERANS' SERVICES Welfare — Wages, Expenses, Others Disability Assistance Old Age Assistance — Wages and Others U. S. Grant — O. A. A U. S. Grant — A. D. C U. S. Grant — D. A Aid to Dependent Children Veterans' Services Pensions Workmen 's Compensation Rodrick Pension Total Charities and Pensions . . . 274.34 208.60 870.54 5,680.00 2,391.40 800.00 500.00 176,877.60 % 210,825.86 15,824.34 6,865.54 84,997.89 61,139.48 5,497.81 565.58 8,000.00 4,304.53 29,925.73 1,400.00 218,520.90 16,037.58 6,000.00 84,237.89 68,964.96 2,852.05 1,831.81 7,334.62 3,636.26 35,663.98 446.33 1,200.00 228,205.48 SCHOOLS AND LIBRARY Schools — Wages and Expenses .... Travel Repairs Vocational Education Lunch Athletic Clarke School Stanley School Bond Issue Total Schools $ Library — Wages and Expenses . . . Morse Fund Thomson Fund Whittle Fund Total Library $ RECREATION AND UNCLASSIFIED Park — Wages and Expenses Recreation Dutch Elm Hockey Rink Shade Trees Cleaning Beaches Moth Park Repairs Brush Mower Park Mower Seed, Loam, Fertilizer Park Fences Total Park Unclassified: Town Reports Legion Lease Fourth of July Memorial Day Armistice Dav 605,132 62 150.00 35,682.94 5,582.14 2,223.64 328,322.76 977,094.10 28,630 71 152.93 29.95 59.84 28,873.43 62,466.96 2,989.73 2,986.54 4,969.69 1,136.43 1,100.00 1,999.85 716.00 644,160.05 691.29 253.60 2,703.52 42,523.00 9,752.48 199,430.48 104 00 899,618.42 29,602.22 142.73 26.97 54.78 29,826 70 62,819.16 2,999.83 2,907.38 3,304.79 499.75 2,070.60 4.292 17 87.30 3,000.00 993.10 833.24 $ 78,365.20 $ 83,807.32 2,489 97 1,750.00 1,188.09 1,000.00 198.76 2,071.21 1,750.00 1,171.64 868.95 139.65 1954 Annual Report WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued Centennial Committee 300.69 Christmas Decoration 300.00 300.00 Unpaid Bills 12.80 By-Laws 12.50 Dagnese Reimbursement 84.38 H. R. Fall Account 231.65 Wage Committee 20.00 244.00 Public Building Committee 2,000.00 1,371 00 Rent Control 602.66 1,374.75 Warrants Payable 3,169.72 2,317.53 Wage Increase 100.00 Pension Increase 524.86 Emergency Storm 48,021.25 Departmental Accounts Committee 9.00 Public Works Committee 117.70 Court Judgments 428.43 Land Damage 901.00 Total Unclassified $ 13,889.20 $ 61,182.99 ENTERPRISES AND CEMETERIES Water — Wages and Expenses 48,028.57 49,964.80 Shop 779.24 Emergency 4,233.64 9,444.87 Pipes and Fittings 5,191.41 4,604.98 Metropolitan Water 20,776.84 Mains 1,205.73 1,561 21 Truck 25.63 1,174.64 Foster Dam Main 1,168.20 50,099.17 Standpipe Land Taking 1,600.00 Painting Standpipe 2,483.40 Water Compressor 1,486.43 Columbia Street Main 7,319.28 Total Water $ 80,630.02 $ 130,518.02 Cemetery — Wages and Expenses . . 24,141.15 25,164,26 Vaults 740.00 658.95 Repairs 7.49 Land Taking 5,124.49 192.09 Lowering Device 352.80 Mower 900.00 New Section 26.25 Compressor 1,500.00 Wall Repairs 980.25 1,919 75 Drill 335.00 Saw 249.42 Total Cemetery $ 32,846.18 $ 29,445.72 INTEREST MATURING DEBT AND AGENCY Premium 106.75 Interest 21,683.75 26,615.75 Maturing Debt 89,505.91 417,000.00 County Tax 77,421 74 77,920.51 Dog Licenses 1,299.40 1,125.60 Tuberculosis Hospital 24,191.97 27,678.60 Withholding Tax 136,832.71 134,047.89 Phillips Medal Fund 65.02 130.73 Cemetery Trust 12.51 Stocker Fund 12 57 14.04 Cemetery Receipt Fees 40.00 35.00 State Assessments 25,004.23 54,024.19 Total 376,069.81 $ 738,699.06 69 Town of Swampscott WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued REFUNDS Refunds 10,286.18 9,680.43 Phillips Medal Adjustment .04 Refunds deducted from Expenditures 23,512.69 2,989.01 Total Refunds $ 33,798.91 $ 12,669.44 Total Expenditures for Year 2,569,883.90 2,988,605.93 Cash on Hand, December 31 726,149.42 433,336.30 Total $3,296,033.32 $3,421,942.23 Balance as of December 31, 1954 Cash 433,336.30 Petty Cash 255.00 Warrants Payable 1954 399.75 1951 Personal 220.00 1952 Personal 282.00 1953 Personal 360.00 1953 Real Estate 282.85 1954 Poll 116.00 1954 Personal 2,226.62 1954 Real Estate 43,188.30 1952 Excise 32.42 1953 Excise 276 32 1954 Excise 16,149.96 Warrants Payable 3,716.31 Unapportioned Sewer 9,524.59 1954 Sewers 2,973.03 Unapportioned Sidewalks 1,249.23 1954 Sidewalks 14.90 1954 Committed Interest 75.11 Interest on Sewers paid Advance 8.00 Interest on Sewer Assessments 59.19 Tax Titles 9,937 18 Tax Possessions 2,340.66 Estate Deceased Persons 1,240.08 A/R Health 1,340.50 Public Welfare 1,203.51 A. D. C 1,007.71 O. A. A. (Cities-Towns) 460,99 A^ets Services 10.01 Schools 977.07 Parks 357.60 Old Age Recovery 4,351.75 Welfare Recovery 143.51 A. D. C. Recovery 31.60 Water Rates 6,520.02 Water Services 2,417.16 Water Liens added to 1954 701.47 Water Miscellaneous 57.63 1935-1946 Overlays 73.85 1951 Overlay 220.00 1952 Overlay 647.22 1953 Overlay 33,228.71 1954 Overlay 33,284 34 Overlay Reserve 26,301.33 Cemetery Receipts Reserved for Appropriation 9,604.34 Cemetery Receipt Fees 1.00 Reserve for Petty Cash 255.00 1954 Annual Report BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 3 L 1954 — Continued Water Available Surplus 36,946.79 Scholarship Fund 30.00 Insurance Fund 147.55 Cemetery Trust Fund 21.89 Morse Library Fund .25 Thompson Library Fund 1.20 Whittle Library Fund .68 A/E State and County Aid to Highway . 5,944.08 Eeserve for State and County Aid to Highway 5,944.08 Reservations 328.64 T. B. Hospital 1,585.89 County Tax 1954 624.90 Dog License Due County 12.60 Withholding Tax 2.10 Tailings 395.76 Excise Revenue 15,722.43 Special Assessment Revenue 7,839.61 Tax Title Revenue 9,937.18 Tax Possession Revenue 2,340.66 Departmental Revenue 5,357.89 Water Revenue 9,696.28 Estate Deceased Person Revenue 1,240.08 Surplus Revenue 167,449.23 Town Hall Repairs 1,757.95 Phillips Beach Engine House 383.38 Fire Pump 7,934.87 Civilian Defense Others 1,013.47 Sewer Station and Garage 200.00 Drain and Catch Basins 1,209 42 Sewer Truck 512.48 Fuller Avenue Account 31.50 New Sewer 1,206.35 Jessie Street Drain 2,500.00 Eulow Street Drain 1,000.00 Chapter 90 10,918.66 Sidewalks 1954 7,730.68 Duke Street 1,186.54 Longley Avenue Land Taking 1.00 Shelton Road 1,067.69 Charlotte Road 1,144.62 Highwav Land Purchase 1 00 Highway Truck 8.60 New Road Land Taking 901.00 U. S. Grant Disability Administration . . . 1,110.95 U. S. Grant Disability Assistance 4,782.17 U. S Grant O. A. A. Adm 2,431.33 IT. S. Grant O. A. A. Asst 9,438.01 U. S. Grant A. D. C. Adm 1,120.82 IT. S. Grant A. D. C. Asst 6,590.85 School Lunch 2,461.70 Athletic Account 178.06 School Bond Issue 3,373.28 Stanley School 50,261.41 School Building Committee 20,000.00 Hadley Building Committee 5,000.00 Library Addition 20,000.00 Library Lights 6,500.00 Park Land Taking 1.00 Real Estate Disposal 219.25 71 Town of Swampscott BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 3 L 1954 — Continued Humphrey Street Land Damage 1.00 Fishermans Beach Land Court 143.87 Walker Road Eminent Domain 1.00 Building By-Laws 300.00 By-laws 1954 687.50 Wage Committee 236.00 Public Building Committee 1,629.00 Department Accounts Committee 191.00 Rent Control 40.25 Centennial 375.41 Public Works Committee 32.30 State Census 750.00 Land Damage Claims 1,099.00 Chapter 44 — Storm Damage 48,021.25 Water Mains 1,971.39 Water Truck 299.73 Foster Dam Mains 18,732.63 Painting Stand Pipe 1,016.60 Water Compressor 13.57 Columbia Street Main 180,72 Water Shop 20.76 Cemetery Lot Purchase .91 Cemetery New Section 9,973.75 Bond Premiums 950.47 Total .$ 591,937.77 $ 591,937.77 The Planning Bnard Harold M. King, Chairmayi James R. Maddock, Secretary Gordon L. Brown A. B. Way, Jr. Ralph L. Williams The Planning Board held twenty-five meetings in 1954; in addition the Board was represented at the Regional meetings and also at the State and Local hearings where problems on Zoning and other matters were considered. The Board held three public hearings on new subdivisions; it also examined fifteen plans which required either approval or endorsement that approval was not required. The Board conferred with other Town Boards and Departments when ques- tions pertinent to their responsibilities arose. The Board recommends for the third time an immediate beginning of a study of the sewer and drainage needs in the area between Gale Road, Puritan Road, Phillips Beach Avenue, Palmers Pond and the Ocean. An article calling for this study is again being placed on the current Warrant. 72 1954 Annual Report Treasurer s Report Robert G. Byrne, Treasurer In account with the Town of Swampscott for the year ended December 31, 1954. Balance on hand, January 1, 1954 $ 717,991.94 Receipts and Income from all sources $ 2,689,677.50 $ 3,407,669.44 Less Warrants Paid $ 2,988,605.93 Balance on hand, December 31, 1954 $ 419,063.51 STATEMENT INDICATING BORROWING CAPACITY AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1954 Valuation 1952, Less Abatements $31,458,586.00 Valuation 1953, Less Abatements $33,085,880.00 Valuation 1954, Less Abatements $34,670,951.00 Total Valuation $99,215,417.00 Average Valuation $33,071,805.66 Five Per Cent (5%) of average valuation $ 1,653,590.28 Less Outstanding Debt Issued Inside Debt Limit $ 1,006,000.00 Borrowing Capacity as of Dec. 31, 1954 $ 647,590.28 TRUST FUNDS The follov/ing is a list of Trust Funds held by the Town Treasurer as Custodian of all Funds and Securities as provided for by Chapter 282 of the General Acts of 1915 indicating balances as of December 31, 1954: Philips Medal Fund $2,622.33 Joanna Morse Library Fund 5,196.00 Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund 2,000.00 Mary L. Thomson Library Fund 1,000.00 Cemetery Gifts & Bequeaths Fund 5,348.40 Perpetual Care of Cemetery Fund 5,756.22 Emma Y. Stocker Cemetery Fund 508.91 Hattie F. Sherman Cemetery Fund 500.00 Manuel Ross Scholarship Fund 243.56 *High School Alumni Fund 4,618.46 *This is not a Trust Fund as defined by law but is held by the Town Treasurer in behalf of the Alumni Fund Committee. 73 Town of Swampscott Engineering Department Howard L. Ha mill, Town Engineer Engineering services furnished by this department for the year ending 31 December 1954 included surveys, computations, record plans, cost estimates, assessment quantities, designs for construction projects, assignment of house numbers, preparation of contracts including specifications and drawings, descrip- tion of property and easements, and the furnishing of information and engineering data to private engineers, surveyors, attorneys and other persons. The apportionment of these engineering services is shown in the following table: Department Man-Hours % Department Man-Hours % Sewer 2887 23.65 Park 320 2.62 Water 2828 23.17 Police 115 0.94 ^Engineering 1568 12.84 School Ill 0.91 Private Citizens 912 7.47 Town Counsel 92 0.75 Cemetery 868 7.11 Planning Board 81 0.66 Selectmen 816 6.69 Finance Committee 27 0.22 Assessors 765 6.27 Town Clerk 18 0.15 Highway 458 3.75 Town Accountant 16 0.13 Health 322 2.64 Welfare 4 0.03 TOTALS 12208 100.00 * Includes administration, clerical work, and work not chargeable to a particular department or individual, e.g. keeping Town Map up to date. Projects which require the services of this department are, for the most part, usually mentioned in the reports of the various depaiLmcnts concerned. For this reason, and in the interest of brevity, no listing of specific projects is included herein. The work load on the department has continued to increase, resulting in a considerable carry-over to next year of work scheduled to be completed in 1954. Some relief was obtained when a temporary transitman was hired and when one department was able to engage the services of a private engineer. Except for the above-mentioned transitman, who worked from April to November, the personnel of the department has remained unchanged from that of last year. The department is deeply grateful for the patience, understanding, and co-operation shown by the personnel of the various departments with which we have had the pleasure of working during the past year. 74 1954 Annual Report Water Department Harold C. Hudson, Chairman George B. Atkins Alfred N. Frazier Chester E. Bradley, Water Superintendent We respectfully submit our annual report of the activities of the Water De- partment for the year ending December 31, 1954. SERVICES: 99 New Services have been installed 14 Services renewed completely 6 Services renewed from main to sidewalk 1 1 Services renewed from sidewalk to meter 63 Service leaks repaired 58 Services cleaned out 428 Services, on request, have been turned on or off 25 Service boxes dug and repaired 1 Service extended 11 Frozen services thawed out METERS: 32 Obsolete meters have been replaced with new ones 330 Meters have been cleaned and tested 85 Meter leaks have been repaired in the field 6 Meters relocated 75 Meters repaired 4 Meters were damaged by freezing 1 Meter was damaged by hot water MAINS: Cast Iron Mains newly installed or extended in the following streets: 652 feet of 6" cast iron pipe in Priscilla Road, 216 feet of 6" in Edgehill Road, 125 feet of 6" pipe in Eastman Avenue, 180 feet of 6'' pipe in Sherwood Road, 1000 feet of 16'' pipe in Columbia Street, making a total installation of 2173 feet. The dead end pipe in Ellis Terrace was tied in to the Norfolk Avenue main for circulation purposes. 1725 feet of 10" cast iron pipe was laid in Foster Road from McArthur Cir- cle to Windsor Avenue. 2050 feet of 10" cast iron pipe was laid in Windsor Avenue from near the Lynn-Swampscott line to Nichols Street. This work was done by contract and supervised by this Department and the Engineering Department. 1 1 breaks in our large mains were repaired 18 main line gate boxes were dug up and repaired HYDRANTS: 3 Hydrants damaged by motor vehicles were repaired 6 Hydrants had new valves installed 1 Hydrant was installed in Priscilla Road 3 Hydrants were installed in Foster Road 4 Hydrants were installed in Windsor Avenue 75 Tomi o\ Our hydrant flushing program was carried on largely during the evening hours in order to cause as little inconvenience to the public as possible. The Fall inspection and winterizing has been completed and all Town De- partments having occasion to use hydrants were requested to notify us of the use of any hydrant during the Winter months. All excavations made by this department have been brought to grade and tar patched or cemented. Due to the foresight of the Water and Sewerage Board, the cooperation of the Finance Committee and the zeal of the Water Department employees, the Columbia Street connection with the Metropolitan main in Eastern Avenue, was completed this year; one year ahead of schedule and at a considerable saving of money. This new connection with the Metropolitan Water System assures the Town of a more constant water supply. We now have two separate supply lines with the Metro- politan Water System. In accordance with the vote of the Town Meeting and under the supervision of this Board and the Engineering Department, a 10'' cast iron water main 3770 feet in length with the necessary gates, hydrants and fittings were installed in Foster Road from McArthur Circle to Windsor Avenue and in Windsor Avenue from near the Lynn-Swampscott line to Nichols Street. This work was let out to contract on a unit price basis and by so doing, $14,789.55 out of the $70,000 appropria- tion now remains for further use. The Contractor completed his work in November and since that time 21 families out of the 30 families, to be benefitted by a year- round water supply, have applied for and have been connected to the new mains. In October of this year our standpipe which holds 850,000 gallons of water was drained, scraped, cleaned and given two coats of paint on the inside and a new coat of aluminum was applied to outside, after which it was refilled and put back into service. This year the employees of this department were called upon to do many new types of construction heretofore uncalled for in their line of work in order to expedite construction and save money. Much time was taken up repairing damages, locating pipes, moving services, etc. due to construction by contractors of gas mains through-out the Town, sewer mains, sidewalk and curb stone projects and road construction under Chapter 90, Without any fanfare it has been a practice for years among department heads to share their experiences and equipment with each other. When the havoc and destruction caused by hurricanes Carol and Edna, left the Town in a critical con- dition past Fall, this spirit of working cooperation benefitted the Town to the greatest degree. With only the thought of clearing up the situation as quickly as possible all department heads immediately made their personnel and equipment available for use. The details of water pipe construction follows and the cost of same can be found under the Town Accountant's Report. 76 1954 Annual Report Size 11/4" 11/2" 2" 4" 6" 8" 10" 12" 14" 16" Wrought Iron 4067 ft. Cast Iron Cement Lined Brass 303 ft. 80 ft. 438 ft. 1,468 ft. 2,736 ft. 4067 ft. 4,494 149,735 11,851 26,393 14,604 4,812 1,502 ft. 213,291 ft. 1,851 ft. 3,174 ft. Total miles of mains 41.94 HYDRANTS In use December 31, 1953 Added in 1954 345 8 GATES In use December 31, 1953 Added in 1954 353 707 12 SERVICES In use December 31, 1953 . . . . Added in 1954 Abandoned in 1954 19 3471 99 — 2 Total 303 ft. 518 ft. 8,271 ft. 4,494 ft. 149,735 ft. 11,851 ft. 26,393 ft. 14,604 ft. 4,812 ft. 1,502 ft. 221,483 ft. 3568 INVENTORY OF PROPERTY — WATER DEPARTMENT Water Mains and Standpipe (distribution system) $246,237.10 Land on Pine Street 5,000.00 Brick Building on Pine Street 2,000.00 Two-Car Garage on Pine Street 3,000.00 Water Shop and Garage 4,500.00 Three Trucks 4,500.00 Office Furniture and Equipment 2,600.00 Meters and Parts (in service in system) 56,067.00 Stock on Hand (pipe, fittings and etc.) 10,000.00 $333,904.10 77 Town of Swampscott Sewer Department Harold C. Hudson, Chairman George B. Atkins Alfred N. Frazier Albert Enholm, Superintendent Sewer extensions were installed in Laurel Road, Coolidge Road, Pine Hill Road, Nantucket Avenue, Prospect Avenue and Worcester Avenue, a distance of 2930 feet, making a total of 33 miles of sewer lines and 1008 manholes in Town. A new storm drain was installed from Fuller Avenue to Cedar Hill Terrace to alleviate flood conditions, and catch basins were built in Norfolk Avenue. At the Pumping Station the garage was turned around and put on a new foundation, and a shelter was built over the transmitter pit to keep out the elements. The cupola was repaired and part of the big chimney was pointed up. Brooks and culverts were cleaned. The Hawthorne Brook was cleaned and widened by bulldozer from the Tedesco property to Humphrey Street, and a new grate built. Roots, etc., were removed from storm basin lines periodically. During the hurricanes the Sewer Department employees worked in conjunction with all the other departments in helping the Park Department clean up the debris. New Particular Sewers laid and inspected 87 Particular Sewers rodded and root cutter used (some repairs made) 182 Main Sewers rodded, cleared of roots and grease 121 Sand and Debris catcher pans replaced in manholes 38 Noisy manhole covers sealed in 27 Sewage Pumpings for 1954 appr. 566,000,000 gallons During excessive rain storms twenty-four hour surveillance must be maintained at the Pumping Station to attend the equipment, and standby service is in order during week ends and holidays. We wish to extend our thanks to all Town Departments and personnel for their kind and helpful cooperation during the year, that of the Highway Depart- ment resulting in substantial savings. Dog Officer John A. Boston, Dog Officer There were a total of 695 complaints and requests tor assistance. In most cases these were handled to the mutual satisfaction of all concerned. From April 1, 1954, to December 31, 1954, there were 542 dogs licensed m the town. A total of 70 animals were injured or killed on the streets of the town. Once again I wish to express my thanks to all departments and personnel for their cooperation and assistance. 78 1954 Annual Report Department of Civil Defense Robert O'Neill, Director Our job in Civil Defense is to warn the people that they may sometime, God forbid — have to cope with emergency conditions and to tell them what they must do. When we plan against an atomic attack we must make sure that we know the rules for survival and know how to help others when emergency comes. Civil Defense does not really exist until individuals and families are able to protect themselves against major disaster. That is why in this report to the citizens of Swampscott I urge all to take an active part in our Civil Defense program. We have during the past year seen the important part a Civil Defense organi- zation can play during peace time disasters. I refer to the hurricane disasters of August 31 and September 11, 1954. Its significance in time of war is obvious; its swift assistance in disaster areas last year proved its importance in time of peace. We, in Swampscott, as in many communities of the State, were alerted and our Auxiliary Police, Auxiliary Fire and Communications divisons are to be congratu- lated on the fine job they did during these emergencies. State Headquarters has prepared a scrapbook containing a list of all the precautions which should be taken in advance of a hurricane's arrival by State Agencies, by industry and by home owners. This list will be released to local directors, to newspapers and to radio and TV stations the first week in August 1955. We have added a new division to our Civil Defense organization — Rescue Service — with George E. Hutchinson and Alfred N. Frazier as Coordinators and Albert W. Lalime of the regular Fire Department as Civil Defense Rescue Instructor. The former Police ambulance has been turned over to Civil Defense and is being reconditioned, painted, and equipped as a Rescue Truck. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following for the help they gave Civil Defense in making this possible: Nel-Nick Motors of Lynn, Noyes Hardware and Standard Garage of Swampscott and especially Ted Ryan, head of our Highway Department for the cooperation he has given our Rescue group. The job of training members of the Rescue Team is being handled by Albert W. Lalime who during the past year attended the Federal Civil Defense Rescue Instructors' School at Olney, Mary- land for a period of two weeks and last Fall completed a week of advanced train- ing at the school. Fire Chief Charles Lampard received a letter from the Director of the Rescue School commending Mr. Lalime not only for his active participation and interest while attending the advanced course, but also for suggestions he gave for making future courses more interesting. The Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency at a meeting January 15 outlined the beginning of evacuation planning for Area I, of which Swampscott is a part. The basic justifications for mass evacuation are three: the development of atomic weapons of tremendously greater power, one thousand or even more times as powerful as the atomic weapons used at Hiroshima. The consequent great expansion of total or very severe devastation possible in any target; and the fact that shelters of types previously viewed as adequate are quite ineffective. The increasing ability of the Soviet Union to "deliver" its increasing stockpile of atomic weapons. In Massachusetts, three large areas and one small one are designated as Evacuation Zones. It is planned that virtually the entire population of these areas, 79 Town o\ plus those persons in adjacent communities of the Neutral Zone who do not have adequate shelter, shall evacuate from them. The total population involved is ap- proximately three million people. Swampscott, adjacent to Lynn, an evacuation area, vv^ill have to make plans for evacuation as will the other communities bounding the City of Lynn. Even with these facts in mind, planning for mass evacuation would not be justified if we could expect little or no warning of attack. However, the increasing emphasis upon continental defense and the development of substantially better warning systems make it possible to assume a considerable increase in warning time. This in turn makes mass evacuation possible. The actual degree of success in an emergency will depend upon the thoroughness of Civil Defense planning and organization, the effectiveness of control of the actual evacuation movement, and the cooperation of the whole population based upon education as to evacuation plans and procedures. We must, whether we like the idea or not, make plans for evacuation here in Swampscott. We all know it will be a tremendous job. Personnel of all Divisions will have to be increased, especially the Auxiliary Police, Warden and Civilian War Aid groups. Every family will have to know just what they are to do; where they are to go; and how they are to get there. We sincerely hope that we will receive the whole-hearted cooperation of every resident in Swampscott when our final plans are made ready. To those who have taken Civil Defense lightly and have felt it unnecessary and all a waste of time, I can only say you are not playing fair with your neighbor who does believe in Civil Defense and is doing something about it; and you are letting your community down should a war time disaster strike. To those who have joined our Civil Defense organization my sincere thanks for their support and I can assure all of an active program now that we have a definite plan to work on. There are many who cannot take an active part in Civil Defense and there are many, a great many, who can. To these, I can only say we need your help. We have a big job to do in 1955. I only hope and pray we will get the job done in time. CDntrifautory Retirement System John G. McLearn, Chairman Harold R. Austin L Murray Adams, Secretary The system now has assets of $250,000.00, an increase of $30,000.00 over 1953. Pension payments were $33,733.66 in 1954 as compared with $30,542.29 in 1953. Of this amount $4,981.39 was paid to widows whose husbands were killed on active duty. Our members now total 162, no change from 1953, Pensioners 25, in 1953, —23. On file in this office is a financial statement which may be examined by members. 80 1954 Annual Report Highway Department Timothy J. Ryan, Surveyor Year Employees Budget Expenditures 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 26 $118,209.40 26 108,490.68 26 111,584.91 26 131,579.79 26 129,491.26 26 132,191.26 $110,803.33 102,563.64 109,415.81 118,715.64 122,255.29 126,319.17 The year 1954 will be well remembered by all the Citizens of the Town. On August 31, 1954 the town was struck by "Hurricane Carol" followed by the "Hurricane Edna" on September 11, 1954, which caused serious trouble and destruction to the town. Your Surveyor was on his second day of his vacation in Canada and as a result of the Hurricane returned to Swampscott to administrate the duties of his department. The Highway Department worked three full weeks with extra men on this emergency with other departments to clear up the debris caused by these hurricanes. As a result of the work done by this Department, the Board of Selectmen on October 7, 1954 commended the members of the Highway Department for the efficient service rendered to the town. New sidewalks were constructed on three streets selected by the Board of Selectmen under the Continuous Sidewalk Act. Four new streets accepted by the Town have been built to grade and surfaced, namely: Laurel Road, Shelton Road, Charlotte Road and Duke Street. During the year, Beach Ave., Essex Ave., Maple Ave., Mountain Ave., Suffolk Ave., Alden Road and Deer Cove Road were resurfaced with a seal coating of Asphalt. As in previous years the department cleaned Preston Beach and Whales Beach during the summer months. Due to the hurricanes which came during the fall months some projects which had been planned by this department had to be deferred. Two employees of this department, Peter Cassidy and George H. Coan, who worked many years for the Town and rendered faithful service were retired on pension. Again, 1 am recommending that serious consideration be given to the recon- struction of Puritan Road under the Chapter 90 Highway Program. At this time, I wish to acknowledge the cooperation of the Engineering and all other town departments, and especially to the men of my own department who rendered many hours of service during the hurricane emergency. 81 Town of Swampscott Town Counsel James W. Santry, Jr. During the past year as Town Counsel, I have attended the various meetings of the Selectmen and other boards of the Town and have advised them on the various legal matters arising in the conduce of their official duties. I have prepared con- tracts for all major purchases by the various departments of the Town. The following parcels of property were taken by eminent domain for public use: Lots on McArthur Circle for an auxiliary standpipe for the Water Department. Land and buildings on Capen Road for Cemetery purposes. Easements for the laying of sewer mains in Worcester Avenue, Nantucket Avenue and Coolidge Road. Easements for the construction of a drain in the rear of the lots on Fuller Avenue. A triangular piece of land located at the easterly end of Fishermen's Beach containing approximately 18,000 square feet of land for Park purposes. Deeds were obtained from all parties in interest for the extension of Aspen Road to Millett Road. The sum of $4393.36 was collected from the estates of deceased persons to reimburse the Town for Old Age Assistance rendered to owners of real estate upon whose property the Bureau of Old Age Assistance had taken liens. One serious personal injury claim was settled with the approval of the Select- men in the sum of $750.00 and one property damage claim for damage to a boy's bicycle was settled in the sum of $42.50. Four appeals from the valuation placed upon real estate by the Board of Assessors were heard before the Appellate Tax Board in Boston. These cases were tried on November 30, 1954 and involved the assessments made for the years 1952, 1953 and 1954. No decision has been handed down by the Appellate Tax Board on these cases as yet. At the present time, there are eight cases pending in the Appellate Tax Board. There are two cases pending in the Superior Court for personal injuries arising out of an alleged defect in a sidev/alk. There is one case pending in the Essex Superior Court arising out of alleged blasting damage on Pine Hill Road. There is one case pending in the Superior Court for damages arising out of a water condition on Winshaw Road. 82 1954 Annual Report Bflard of Health LoRiNG Grimes, M.D., Chairman E. Wallace Donald Robert C. Thomson, M.D. John E. LaPlante, Health Ojfker During the year 1954 the Board of Health received 119 death certificates from which the following figures were obtained. Our crude death rate was 10.3 per 1,000 population, and our average life expectancy at birth was 67.6 years. This death rate is slightly smaller than last year and the life expectancy has increased three tenths of a year. These figures vary slightly from the national average due to the relatively small number. Our births totaled 187 through November 30th; 4 were stillbirths and 5 were premature births. All of the premature survived to date ; however we had two infant deaths which is unusual in a community of our size. The following list is a comparison of Communicable Diseases reported during the past 3 years: Chicken-pox German Measles Hepatitis(Infectious) Measles Mumps Poliomyelitis (non-paralytic) Salmonellosis Scarlet Fever Septic Sore Throat Tuberculosis (pulmonary) Whooping cough 1954 1953 1952 216 169 252 6 14 22 3 1 162 4 310 186 41 122 5 7 1 14 12 10 1 3 2 3 7 8 10 Dental Examinations Given Diphtheria and Tetanus Immunization Clinic To All Elementary School Pupils Held In All Elementary Schools 83 Toxi n of Swampscott Blood Donors For Polio Field Trials The three most common childhood diseases, Chicken-pox, Measles, and Mumps, have fluctuated considerably over the last three years as might be expected. At the close of this year the incidence of Chicken-pox and Mumps was increasing and the Measles incidence was beginning to decline. The incidence of other diseases remains approximately the same with the exception of poliomyelitis. This year Swampscott was given the opportunity to participate in the nation wide Salk Polio vaccine field trials to test the poloi protective power of Dr. Salk's vaccine. Every child in the first three grades exclusive of kindergartens was given the opportunity to participate. The children and parents responded enthusiastically, and a total of 327 out of 742 leceived the vaccine. This project was only possible through the whole-hearted cooperation and assistance of our Doctors, Nurses, Parents, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, School personnel. State Depart- ment of Public Health, Newspapers, and many other interested citizens. The attached photo shows a group of the polio pioneers who donated blood specimens. These blood specimens are an essential part of the experiment which will show the vaccine effect on polio antibodies in the blood. The regular immunization program was carried out with a total of 9 children who received the complete immunization treatment for Diphtheria, and Tetanus and 230 who received a booster dose. These figures have been diminishing the past 84 1954 Annual Report few years as more patients are having the immunization performed before entering school. Semi-annual dental examinations were performed in all the Schools from kin- dergarten through the sixth grade and the results indicate that dental hygiene con- tinues to be one of our major health problems. The number of plumbing permits issued this year was 612 an increase of 165 over the previous year. The annual rabies inoculation clinic was held in September and 199 dogs were inoculated out of the 543 licensed. In conclusion we wish to acknowledge the fine cooperation and assistance received from all other municipal departments and agencies. Sealer of Weights and Measures C. Walter Burrill, Sealer Scales and Measures Adjusted Sealed Not Sealed Condemned 44 276 6 3 Trail Weighings Tested Correct Under Over 711 666 6 39 There were 804 Inspection and 128 Inspections Made. This department extends its gratitude for the cooperation given by those who helped in my duties as Sealer. Board of Appeals C. Glover Bowes, Chairman EusTis B. Grimes T. Paul Corcoran John S. McKenney, A. Bruce Durkee, Associate Members During the past year there were twenty-eight cases heard before the Board of Appeals. One case was appealed to the Superior Court but later withdrawn. 85 Town of Swampscott Falice Department Francis P. Wall, Chief On November 4, 1954 Lawrence R. Corcoran was appointed a Reserve Officer to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Charles H. Bickford to the regular force. During the year Officers Charles H. Bickford and Herbert F. Frazier, Jr., attended and graduated from the Massachusetts State Police School. The training of Police Officers at this school has proved to be beneficial both to the Officers and to the Department. AUXILIARY POUCE During the year the Auxiliary Police Force has been active and is receiving general training under the direction of Captain John P. Costin. This force is available and ready for immediate service at any time. ARRESTS On warrant 6 Without warrant 41 Summonsed to appear in Court 17 Witness summonses served 25 Warrants served for other Police Departments 7 Summonses to appear in Court served for other Police Departments 249 OFFENCES CHARGED Assault 2 Assault and Battery 5 Attempt to break and enter in daytime with intent to commit larceny 1 Breaking and entering and larceny in daytime 2 Breaking and entering in daytime with intent to commit larceny. . 2 Breaking and entering and larceny in nighttime 2 Breaking and entering in nighttime with intent to commit larceny 1 Breaking and entering in daytime with intent to assault 1 Breaking glass 1 Carrying revolver without permit 2 Drunkenness 30 Gaming on Lord 's Day 4 Larceny 9 Motor vehicle laws: Allowing improper person to operate motor vehicle 1 Attaching improper registration plate to motor vehicle 2 Failure to stop motor vehicle on signal of Police Officer .... 1 Larceny of automobile 2 Leaving scene of accident not making self known — Property Damage 2 Operating motor vehicle after revocation of license 1 Operating motor vehicle under the influence of liquor 8 Operating motor vehicle without a license 6 Operating unregistered motor vehicle 5 Operating uninsured motor vehicle 5 Permitting improperly registered motor vehicle to be operated 1 Bounding curve in excess of 15 miles per hour 1 Using motor vehicle without authority 4 Robbery 4 86 1954 Annual Report DISPOSITION OF CASES Appeal cases pending 3 Dismissed 2 Filed 3G Fined 29 Found not guilty 5 Probation 2 Eeleased (Drunkenness, first offense) 16 Sentenced to Concord Eeformatorv ] Sentenced to House of Correction 2 Suspended sentenced to House of Correction 4 Sentenced to State Prison 2 Turned over to Youth Service Board 3 MISCELLANEOUS Accidents: Automobile accidents reported and investigated Fatalities Accidents involving personal injuries 46 Property damage only 31 Personal injuries: Pedestrians injured 6 Bicyclists 2 Operators and passengers 67 Ambulance Service: To Accidents 8 To false alarms 10 To fires 26 To fire in Lynn 1 Persons conveyed to Hospitals 15S Persons conveyed to Doctor's Office 4 Persons conveyed to Rest Homes 17 Persons conveyed from Hospital to home 37 Persons conveyed from Church to home 2 Persons conveyed from Hosi)ital to Nursing Home 10 Person conveyed from Nursing Home to Hospital 1 Person conveyed from School to home 1 Persons conveyed from Nursing Home to home 2 Use of Inhalator 3 Motor Patrol Car Service: Assistance given to sick and injured persons 42 Persons conveyed to Doctor 's Office 4 Persons conveyed to Hospitals 51 Person conveyed to Lvnn Infirmary 1 Persons conveyed to Nursing Home 4 Persons conveyed from Hospital to home 9 Persons conveyed from Nursing Home to home 2 To false alarm 10 To fires 26 Breaking and entering investigated 29 Complaints investigated 861 Doors and windows found open and secured 165 Duty calls made by patrolmen from police boxes 47,484 Larceny reports $50 and over investigated 36 Larceny reports under $50 investigated 52 Licenses Issued: Bicycle licenses 205 Pistol Permits 107 Permits to perform necessary work on the Lord's Day 16 Lights in vacant buildings investigated 34 Manhole covers reported loose 11 Messages delivered for other l*olice Departments, etc 105 87 Town of Swampscott Motor Vehicle Moving Violations: Eeported to Registrar of Motor Vehicles 185 Warnings issued 96 Parking Violations: Court Summonses issued 657 Motor Vehicles tagged 1249 Persons reported missing and located 49 Residences temporarily closed and special attention given 374 Sale or transfer of motor vehicle notices filed 357 Sale of second-hand motor vehicle notices filed 174 Street lamps reported out 116 Street and sidewalk defects reported 30 Sunken trenches reported 9 Trees reported down 55 Water leaks reported 14 Windows reported broken and cases investigated 68 Wires reported defective 39 DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT The equipment of this department is regularly inspected and tested and no effort is spared to have it ready for instant use at all times. RECOMMENDATIONS I recommend that the Town purchase two new motor vehicles to be used as patrol cars to replace two 1954 Chevrolet sedans which are now in use. APPRECIATION I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Board of Selectmen, to the members of my department, to the officers and members of the Auxiliary Police, to all Town departments, and to all others who have co-operated with me during the year. Cemetery Department Arthur E. Hardy, Superintendent The total interments for the year 1954 were 98. All receipts for funerals, foundations, and sale of lots were paid to the Town Treasurer. The wall along Essex Street from Danvers Road to the Chapel gate has been rebuilt. Gates at the Cemetery have been repaired. All damage caused by the two hurricanes has been taken care of. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to Theodore Cooke of the Lynn Sand & Stone Co. for his gift of all pea stone used by the Cemetery Department. To the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the men of my department, and all other departments and their personnel who have co-operated with me during the past year, I wish to express my sincere thanks. 88 1954 Annual Report Board nf Park Commissianers Roland C. Booma, Chairman Frederick C. Burk Lewis H. Berry, Secretary HOCKEY RINK Due to heavy rains in the spring of the year, the surface of the hockey rink was inundated requiring a major repair. The repair work was not carried on until late in the fall and so late that it was not deemed advisable to apply a waterproofing compound, which has resulted in a poor season for making ice. HURRICANES On August 31st, the town was struck by the worst hurricane in our history, named by the weather bureau, Carol, and eleven days later the second hurricane struck causing additional damage, this time called Edna. The combination of the two storms caused more damage to public trees than the previous one in 1938. A total, exceeding five hundred trees, was a loss from which we will never complete- ly recover. Badly damaged trees that were not blown over had to be removed and for several years we will be pruning torn, broken, and hanging branches. Nature has a remarkable way of compensating for damage, but a large replanting program must be started in the spring. Through the cooperation and confidence extended by the Board of Selectmen and all other town departments, funds and man-power were made available to clear the town in rapid time. Cleaning up was only a small part of the problem; where to dispose of the debris was the big question, which was solved by the public spirit of Mr. Theodore Cooke, who allowed the stumps to be dumped at one location and the debris over the quarry wall to be burned in a huge fire. It was a remarkable piece of cooperation between the townspeople and the operating departments, which only proves the close bonds in time of common disaster. MOTH The spraying season was highlighted by the loss of the hydraulic spray machine from a flash fire. We are indebted to Captain Frank Maitland and his men from the Phillips Beach station for putting out the fire in a very effecient manner. Because cf adequate insurance coverage, we were able to have an entire new spray rig in operation in less than two weeks. Except for the Japanese beetle, no other insect was in access. DUTCH ELM Thirty elms that were either dead or infected with Dutch Elm disease were removed previous to the hurricanes. We look forward to increased trouble next year due to the many torn branches and possible nesting spots of the elm bark beetles. By the rate we are losing elms, they will be extinct in town in ten years. LITTLE LEAGUE A very successful first season was carried on by the newly formed Little League. The league management for the most part, was made up of interested parents and devoted baseball fans. We wish to congratulate them on the fine job they did in making a very successful season. Our part consisted in making playing fields 89 Town of Swampscott available for the boys. Practice fields were made at Jackson, Abbott, and Phillips Park and a temporary game field was put in at Phillips Park. This field was made possible by the loan of a snow fence from the Massachusetts Department of Public Works. As the season progressed it became apparent that this field was inadequate and so a search was made for a new location for a permanent site. We were able to start a new field at the rear of Jackson Park, bordering the Greenway, and given a big impetus by the gift of the First Church Congregational of enough turf to sod the entire infield, we feel that the field will be in use next spring. RECREATION PROJECT The usual summer recreational project was carried on at all three parks under the able supervision of Mr. Richard Stevenson, a member of the High school faculty, an assistant football coach, and baseball coach. End of the season trips were enjoyed to Cranes' Beach for the girls and to Fenway Park for the boys. The Upper Swamp- scott Improvement Association continued its generosity in awarding achievement prizes. BLANEY BEACH This marks our first year of taking over the cleaning of Fisherman's Beach. As it was a new undertaking, we strove to do our best and believe that a creditable job was done. We were fortunate in having two fine lifeguards in Joseph Hines and Fred Johnson, and are pleased to say that when the emergency arose, they were found ready and contributed greatly in saving a life. They also conducted swimming classes for little tots. After many years of fine service, the life boat wore out and a new one is now being built to replace it. By action of the town meeting, the lower end of Fisherman's Beach, a small triangular plot opposite Orient Court, now comes under our jurisdiction. We acknowledge with thanks, services rendered us by the Engineering Depart- ment, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and all other departments that made it possible for us to do a better job. Rent Control Board William H. McIntyre, Chairman Spencer E. Olson, Secretary John R. Cooper Louis A. Hershman Everett C. Howe The Board has met periodically, holding a total of twelve meetings. Sixty-two petitions were received to be acted upon: fifty-five requests for increases were granted; and seven requests for increases were denied. The Board adjusted the maximum rent in one case by mutual agreement between the landlord and tenant. The cost of administering the Rent Control law for the year was $1374.75. $1331.25 was paid as salary to Mrs. Phyllis Doane, part-time clerk, and $43.50 was paid out for office expenses. 90 1954 Annual Report Housing Authority Gerald H. Pashby, Chairman David F. Doherty Thomas W. Duncan Eugene S. Moreau John A. Massey We would be lacking in gratitude if we did not acknowledge the work of the various town departments and the State Housing Board who gave unselfishly of their time and efforts to advance the cause of the veterans housing program in the town. The debts of the Authority are not the debts of the Town as the Authority is independent of the Town. However, four of the members are elected while the fifth member is appointed by the State Housing Board for a five-year term. The other four members are elected for a five-year term with staggered expiration dates, guarantee- ing a majority of experienced members to carry out the business of the Authority. Officers are elected annually and consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. The Authority receives little or no compensation for their many hours of service except satisfaction of participating in a program designed to help those veterans in need. In September we completed the annual re-examination of family income. Rents were adjusted in accordance with management program. One tenant was found to be in the over-income group and he was duly noLified to vacate the premises within a reasonable time. The number of eligible applications are steadily increasing because of the Korean War dischargees and migratory shift in \eteran population. During the latter part of the year we investigated complaints of excessive fuel bills and minimum benefits received. It was found that complaints were justified. A survey was made and it was found that by installing a steel type of combination storm and screen window on all first floor windows of all buildings the problem v.ould be solved. Approval was received by the State Housing Board and the matter will be attended to in the coming year. Our preliminary application for ten units to provide housing for elderly persons, over sixty-five, in the low income group, was withdrawn because of the lack of eligible applications. Our subsidy from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the year 1954 amounted to $7,686.33 which is less than the $10,150.00 that could be obtained for debt requirements. A program of preventive maintenance is continually followed by the Authority to rectify maintenance problems before they become major and expensive to repair. The Swampscott Project consists of 9 multiple buildings, 4 apartments in each building for a total of 36 apartments. There are 20-4 room and 16-5 room apart- ments. There are 36 individual cellars and heating units. Each apartment is equipped with an electric range and refrigerator. The tenant supplies his own fuel and electricity. The Authority furnishes the servicing of the oil burner units and water. 91 Town of Swampscott The average monthly rental for project amounted to $43.63 for the year 1954. In no case can the monthly rental fall below $34.50, minimum requirements established by the State Housing Board, in order for the Authority to meet its linancial obligations. A total of $1,751.20 was paid to the Town of Swampscott during the year, $1,296.00 representing payment in lieu of taxes and $455.20 for water bills. In the four and one half years of operation we have never failed to collect the rents due nor have we had a vacancy loss. This shows an achievement between tenant and management. Admission Limits: a. families with 1 minor dependent up to $3650.00 b. families with 2 minor dependents up to 3775.00 c. families with 3 minor dependents up to 3900.00 Continued Occupancy Limit: a. families with 1 or less minor dependents .$3900.00 b. families with 2 minor dependents 4025.00 c. families with 3 or more minor dependents 4150.00 Rent Schedule relating to family income: a. 18% for families with 1 or less minor dependents b. 16% for families with 2 minor dependents *c. 14%, for families with 3 or more minor dependents *$100.00 deduction from family income for each minor dependent child in excess of three in number. Minimum monthly rents a. families with 1 or less minor dependents $30.00 b. families with 2 minor dependents 26.50 c. families with 3 or more minor dependents 23.50 Tenants are selected so that the monthly rental income of the project does not fall below $1,242.00 which constitutes an average monthly rent of $34.50. The perennial question of who pays the true cost of low-rent public housing can be answered by a report submitted by the National Housing Conference as follows : "Tenants pay 60% of cost of public housing, community contributes 13% and the government agencies provide the balance." We believe that this is an informative statement to citizens who are interested in housing. To all our readers we extend a cordial invitation to give us their comments on our reports and suggestions they would like to see in the 1955 report. TRIAL BALANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1954 ASSETS Administration Fund $ 24,206.39 Petty Cash 20.00 Tenants Accounts Eeceivable 79.00 Debt Service Fund 10,368.75 Investment Debt Service Trust Fund 5,000.00 Debt Service Trust Fund 767.38 Development Costs $406,000.00 Less: Development Costs Liquidation .. 21,000.00 385,000.00 Total Assets .$425,441.52 92 1954 Annual Report UABILITIES Accrued Insurance $ 2,576.00 Matured Interest and Principal 10,368.75 Bonds Authorized $406,000.00 Less: Bonds Eetired 21,000.00 385,000.00 Debt Service Keserve 4,896.68 Unam. Bond Premium 5,767.38 Operating Eeserve 10,835.83 Earned Surplus 5,996.88 Total Liabilities $425,441.52 Balance as per check book $24,206.39 Deposit not credited 85.50 24,120.89 Balance as per bank statement 24,120.89 Inspector of Wires Fred D. Sargent, Inspector I herewith submit the following report for the year ending December 31, 1954. This report covers the period from January 1, 1954 to December 31, 1954. Permits Fees Month Issued Collected January 33 $24.00 February 22 29.25 March 39 36.50 April 34 30.25 May 30 37.00 June 20 15.00 July 55 44.75 August 49 82.25 September 43 56.00 October 52 43.00 November 55 60.50 December 67 82.00 Total 499 $540.50 Frequent inspections are made of electrical installations in new buildings and of changes made in old work. Work performed is in accordance with the require- ments of the Massachusetts State Code. 93 1954 Annual Report Fire Department Charles H. Lampard, Chief The 1954 report of the Fire Department, Forest Warden and Superintendent of Fire Alarm is hereby submitted: MANUAL FORCE The permanent force consists of 32 men including the Chief, Deputy Chief, 5 Captains and 25 regulars. During the year Mr, Luke E. Thompson retired after 32 years of faithful and efficient service to the town. His retirement took place in July and the occasion was marked by a testimonial banquet held at the Central House. Frank G. Williams was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Thompson's retirement. Also during the year Mr. James J. Frary was appointed a permanent member to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Warren C. Dunphy, Jr. Mr. Dunphy at the time of his death was serving in the United States Air Force as a Captain. He was called back to active service January 4!:h, 1952. MEMORIAM We record our sorrow of Mr. Warren Dunphy's untimely passing and express to his widow and family our heartfelt sympathy. We have lost one whose memory will be cherished by those who knew him and what he stood for. During the past year a number of calls were answered by the department. Of the 503 calls received 413 were by telephone calls, 7 verbally, 4 by radio, 43 through the alarm system and 36 by telephone followed by box alarm. FIRE PREVENTION Lectures have been given in the past year in the Public and Parochial schools in connection with Fire Prevention Week. All business properties were inspected and recommendations made. Many permits were issued for fires in the open air. 197 inspections were made of oil burners installed and storage of same. 69 permits were issued for blasting. APPARATUS We expect to put into service about May 1st, two new pieces of apparatus to be known as Engine :^1 and Engine #2. Both of these pumpers are of the 750 gallon type manufactured by the Maxim Company. One will be stationed at the Central Fire House and the other will be placed in service at the Phillips Beach Engine House. This apparatus was recommended by the Fire Chief and the Board of Selectmen after an extensive study of their need. The remainder of the apparatus will require only the usual running repairs. FIRE ALARM Our Fire Alarm System is in good condition at the present time due to the fine maintenance program that we have. 95 Ton u of Smimpscott During the hurricanes extensive damage was experienced and in some cases it v\-ill take a 2 year program to make permanent repairs which are now of thei temporary measure. BUILDINGS The Central Fire Station is now 64 years old, and is in very poor condition. As I have stated before, this structure was built to be used as a stable. Its design, while characteristic of the 1891 period, has been condemned by the state or local plumbing, health, electrical or building inspectors today. With these condemnations facing us many costly repairs are required in the immediate future in order to comply with recommendations of the above authorities. Therefore, I wish to recommend to the citizens of Swampscott the urgent need for a new^ centralized fire station. An article to this effect will be placed in the town warrant. IMPORTANT NOTICE I urge all persons discovering hres in buildings to sound the nearest fire alarm box (if within reasonable distance) . This is quicker and more accurate than the telephone. If possible stay at the box and direct the apparatus to the fire. If a tele- phone must be used, DIAL LYnn 2-0082 or Dial Operator and give her the location of the fire as well as your name and address. PLEASE BE CALM TO AVOID CONFUSION. APPRECIATION I am indebted to the Board of Selectmen, members of the Finance Committee, the Auxiliary Fire Department and all other town officials for their invaluable cooperation during the year. I especially wish to thank the personnel of m)- cepartment for their excellent assistance to me. In closing this report, the thought has come upon me that it is the last I shall be called upon to write, since I have to retire from the fire department on October 1, 1955. At that time I shall have completed 38 years as a firefighter in which the last 16 years I have served as the Chief of the Swampscott Fire Department. I wish to say to the ci:izens of Swampscott that I have never regretted my decision in choosing firefighting as my career. The people of Swampscott have become my friends. I can think of no com^munit}^ where my relationships with the communit)^-at-large, with the many fine boards of selectmen under whom I have served, or with my personnel, could have been more cordial. I can wish no greater happiness for my successor than that his experience shall be as mine has been. 96 1954 Annual Report Board of Public Welfare NoRBERT A. Ulman, Chaivmau Paul C. Curtis Donald Redfern Walter L. Ranger, Agent In order to achieve uniformity throughout the state in quality and quantity or medical care provided to recipients of public assistance, the State Department of Public Welfare instituted a new medical care plan on July 1st, 1954. This plan practically doubled the clerical and statistical work of this department. Strict com- pliance with the regulations of this plan is required in order to receive reimburse- ment from the State and Federal Government for medical care. We are pleased to report that we have received excellent cooperation from our local physicians and vendors of medical services. During the past year we have secured employment in twelve instances for persons who w^re being aided temporarily on our General Relief rolls. We wish to express our appreciation of the splendid cooperation of the Swamp- scott Visiting Nurse Association who made a total of 517 visits during 1954 to recipients of all categories of assistance, and to Chief of Police Francis P. Wall and the members of his department for their usual prompt and considerate service in moving recipients to and from hospitals and convalescent homes. CASES AIDED IN 1954 Cases Persons General Relief 37 81 Old Age Assistance 211 211 Aid to Dependent Children 10 32 Disability Assistance 10 10 The following is a summary of the financial operations of the department for the year 1954. GENERAL RELIEF Expenditures Salaries and Wages $ 3,768.45 Relief by Town 12,272.13 16,040.58 Reimbursements State Department 3,887.51* Cities and Towns 1,452.73* 5,340.24 Xet Cost to Town 10,700.34 OLD AGE ASSISTANCE Expenditures For Assistance Town Funds $ 80,000.00 Federal Funds 61,693.14 141,693.14 For Administration Town Funds 4,138.89 Federal Funds 7,271.82 11,410.71 153,103.85 97 T(mn of Swampscott Eeimbursements For Assistance State Department 55,866.32* Federal Government 61,068.01 Cities & Towns 3,660.54* Individuals 1,258.68* 121,853.55 For Administration Federal Government 5,313.33 127,166.88 Net Cost to Town 25,936.97 AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN Expenditures For Assistance Town Funds $ 7,334.62 Federal Funds 1,685.48 9,020.10 For Administration Federal Funds 1,166.57 10,186.67 Eeimbursements For Assistance State Department 3,579.15* Federal Government 4,706.42 8,285.57 For Administration Federal Government 1,161.53 9,447.10 Net Cost to Town 739.57 DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Expenditures For Assistance Town Funds $ 6,000.00 Federal Funds 1,804.81 7,804.81 For Administration Federal Funds 27.00 7,831.81 Reimbursements For Assistance State Department 2,455.85* Federal Government 2,591.02 Individuals 247.76* 5,294.63 For Administration State Department 166.16* Federal Government 332.33 498.49 5,793.12: Net Cost to Town 2,038.69' * Not available for use of this department. Federal Funds on Hand, December 31, 1954 For For Assistance Administration Old Age Assistance $ 10,036.97 $2,431.33 Aid to Dependent Children . . 6,590.85 1,120.83 Disability Assistance 4,782.17 1,110.95 98 1954 Annual Report The Department of Veterans' Services Newton S. Courtney, Director 1949 to Present date Office hours: From 0900 until noon, Mondays through Friday. Phone: LYnn 3-4313. PAST VETERANS' AGENTS Horace Parker Frank Burk James Hegarty I. Murray Adams E. Stanley Flagg HISTORY AND DUTIES The nucleus of this department was organized shortly after the Civil War to assist veterans of the Union Army to reach their homes after they were discharged. Civil War Monument and flagpole in Monument Square. This monument contains the names of the 14 men from Swampscott who died during the Civil War. 99 Town of Swampscott After the war, financial assistance was continued to assist needy veterans and their families. Through the years it has been known by various titles, a few of which are Soldiers' Relief, Military Aid, State Aid, etc. In the early days of the department and until World War I, funds were usually dispensed by the Office of the Over- seers of the Poor, (now called Welfare E)ept.) After World War I a separate^ department was formed and its department head was known as a "veterans' Agent". In 1945 the department was re-organized by the State legislature and the title changed to "Veterans' Services". The functions of this department was divided into two sections, the first known as Veterans' Benefits continued the aiding of needy veterans and their dependents. The second section is known as Veterans' Services and the duties of this section are to assist veterans and their dependents in any and all ways possible. The larger cities usually have two distinct of?ices with a separate chief for each office. Some 10 or 12 cities in the Commonwealth have now placed these heads of the department under State Civil Service. In all other towns and cities they are appointed annually by the Board of Selectmen, the Mayor or City Council. The administration of funds by Veterans' Agents is supervised by a State Com- missioner who is appointed by the Governor. Under State law each town or city in the Commonwealth must have a Department of Veterans' Services. The head of each department may bear the title of Commissioner, Director or Agent, the title being selected by each city or town. Funds paid by each department as veterans' benefits, are shared equally by the State, if the case is approved by the State Commissioner's office. In order to be eligible for veterans' benefits a veteran (or his dependent) must meet certain conditions as are set forth in Chapter 115 and amendments thereto of the General Laws of the Commonwealth. Information and an application for veterans' benefits may be obtained from this office. "Lest We Forget" CIVIL WAR President: Abraham Lincoln 12 April 1861: Fort Sumter, South Carolina fired on by Southern forces. 26 May 1865: Surrender of last Confederate Army. Approximately 200 Swampscott men joined the Union Army or Navy, 1 \Oiom made the supreme sacrifice. "May God make his face shine upon them, and grant them Peace" . 1. George D. Blaney 8. Michael Haley 2. Joseph N. Boynton 9. Charles D. Mudge 3. Alfred M. Chute 10. Patrick Milan 4. Ezra Deland 11. Zacharia Small 5. Thomas Donelly 12. Charles H. Smith 6. Michael Fitzgerald 13. William A. Widger 7. Caleb Stone 14. Joseph H. Sparks 100 of 1954 Annual Report The General James L. Bates Post N chartered 24 January 1870 with the folL Edwin A. Simpson, 1st Mass. Artillery John R. Merritt, 2nd Mass. Infantry Merritt E. Porter, 45th Mass. Infantry Edward Marsh, Jr., 2nd Mass. Infantry B. F. Smith, 45th Mass. Artillery E. T. Heath, 29th Mass. Infantry Sylvester Blaney, 22nd Mass. Infantry A. J. Noble, 1st Mass. Artillery B. H. Phillips, 10th Mass. Artillery G. W. Wilkins, 1st Mass. Artillery R. L. Rich, 45th Mass. Infantry The last member of General Ba Hamilton Weston Wyman. o. 118, Grand Army of the Republic was )wing Charter members: E. G. Blaney, 45th Mass. Infantry M. N. Woodbury, 12th Mass. Infantry S. F. Douglas, 45th Mass. Infantry Daniel G. Frazier, 8th Mass. Infantry J. A. Horton, 1st Mass. Artillery E. H. Caswell, U. S. Navy E. S. Martin, Jr., U. S. Navy W. H. Fletcher, 1st Mass. Artillery C. O. Blaney, U. S. Navy H. W. Wilson, U. S. Navy Post died on 7 October 1930 and was THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR President: William McKinley It February 1898: The United States Battleship "MAINE" was sunk by an ex- plosion while at anchor in Havana Harbor, presumably by Spanish sympa- thizers. Most of the crew who were aboard perished. 20 April 1898: The United States formally declared war against Spain. 10 December 1898: The Treaty of Peace was signed at Paris, France Approximately ten men from Swampscott saw active service during the Spanish-American War, none of whom died in service. Hanging on the wall, over the fireplace in the main hall of the Administra- tion Building, is a memorial plaque cast from metal salvaged from the Battleship Maine after she was raised. The plaque was presented to the Town by Joseph Stevens Post 1240, V.F.W. in 1951. WORLD WAR I President: Woodrow Wilson 7 May 1915: Cunard liner "Lusitania" sunk by German submarine off coast of Ireland with loss of many American lives. I Feb. 1917: Imperial German Government declares unrestricted submarine war- fare on all ships regardless of nationality. 6 April 1917: The United States Government declares war against Germany and Austria-Hungary. II Nov. 1918: Armistice signed and all hostilities ceased on this date. 28 June 1919: Treaty of Peace signed at Versailles, France. 101 Tomi of Snmnpscott Approximately 500 Swampscott men and women were on active duty during World War I. 181 served with the American Expeditionary Forces, 11 were wounded, 8 were gassed and 2 were captured by the enemy. 87 served with the Navy and 14 w^ere with the Marine Corps. 12 gave their lives, 4 being killed in action with the Army, 1 was killed in action serving with the Canadian Expedi- tionary Force, 1 died of wounds in France and 5 died in the U.S. World War I boulder in Monument Square contains the names of the 12 Swampscott men and women who gave their lives during this conflict. WORLD WAR I — ROLL OF HONOR Leon E. Abbott, KIA 13 July 1918 near Chateau-Thierry, France v/hile serving as a member of the 101st Signal Bn., 26th Div. Abbott Park and Leon E. Abbott Post 57, American Legion are named in his memory. Elmar Reinhold Bolinder, 1st Lt. Med. Corps died of spinal meningitis 1^ Feb. 1919, Merserves Hospital Center, France. William Moncton Bunting, Capt. Inf. died at Camp Devens, 28 Sept. 1918. John Enos Blocksidge, Cpl. Inf., KIA 2 Sept. 1918 while serving with Co. G, 127th Inf., 32nd Div., at Juvigny, France. Blocksidge Field is named in his memor)'. Wilfred G. Colclough, V\t., Inf. Canadian Expeditionary Force. KIA at Tilton Village, France 7 Oct. 1918. Harry W. Eastman. Pvt. 1st CI.. KIA near Beaumont Road, Verdun, France while serving as a member of Battery A 101st F.A.. 26th Div., 5 Nov. 1918. Eastman Avenue is named in his memory. Raymond Lane Howland, Pvt. KIA near Chateau-Thierry, France while serving with Battery A 101st F.A., 26th Div. Howland Park is named in h's memory. George Henry Morrill, Coxswain, U. S. Navy, died 19 Oct. 1918 from pnuemonia at Brooklyn Naval Hospital. Stuart Thomson, Capt. Ordnance, U.S. Army died from pnuemonia. Brookline, Mass., 23 March 1919. Ralph E. Williams, Pvt. 1st CI. Inf. KIA near St. Phauxant, France 9 Aug. 1919 while serving with Co. B. 11th Machine Gun Bn. 102 1954 Annual Report Samuel George Wright, Pvt. Infantry died of pnuemonia at Camp Devens, 29 March 1918. Ahce O. Potts, Miss, American Red Cross, died of influenza at Monessen, Pa., 16 Nov. 1918. After World War I two new veterans' organizations were formed in Swamp- scott. Leon Abbott Post 57, American Legion was chartered on 25 June 1919. Joseph Stevens Post 1240, Veterans of Foreign Wars was chartered 18 Aug. 1924. i I World War II Memorial Flagpole The base contains the names of all Swampscott men and women who served in the Armed Forces. WORLD WAR n Presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt attd Harry S. Truman 7 Dec. 1941: Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 8 Dec. 1941: United States declares war against the Japanese and German Govern- ments. 103 Town o\ 8 May 1945: V. E. Day — Germans signed surrender at Rheims, France. 2 Sept. 1945: V. J. Day — Japanese signed surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor. More than 1400 Swampscott men and women served in the armed forces of the U. S. during World War II. 42 men lost their lives. ROLL OF HONOR United States Army Armand F. Beatrice: Sgt. Inf. KIA in Italy 15 Nov. 1943. Awarded the Purple Heart. Alan L. Bjorkman: Pfc. Inf. KIA at Maisongette, (Vosges) France 27 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Thomas K. Brown, Lieut. Inf. KIA in France 21 Aug. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart, and the Silver Star medals. Ralph J. Ciardi, T/5 Engineers, KIA in Italy 9 Sept. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Oscar B. CoUey Jr., Lt. F.A. KIA m Italy 12 Sept. 1943. Awarded Purple Heart and the Silver Star medals. George J Dunham Jr., Sgt. QM died in automobile accident Richmond, Va. Tom Hodges, Lt. Inf., KIA in Germany 20 Feb. 1945. Awarded Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. Leo A. Moore Jr. Capt. Inf. KIA France 3 Aug. 1944 Awarded Silver Star and Purple Heart. John Noonan, Pvt. Inf. KIA in Italy 15 July 1944. Awarded Purple Heart. Robert Norris, Lt. Inf. KIA in Leyte Islands 8 Dec. 1944. Awarded Silver Star and Purple Heart. Leon L. Pappas, Lt. Inf., KIA in Italy 15 May 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Michael Paradise, Staff Sgt. Inf. KIA in France 7 July 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Frank E. Powers, Jr. Pvt. Inf. KIA in Italy 5 Nov. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Charles G. Riddell Jr., Pfc. Inf. KIA in France 23 June 1945. Awarded the Purple Heart and Croix de Guerre. Gershon N. Ross, Pfc. Inf. KIA Leyte Islands 20 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. United States Army Air Corps William C. Brine, Lt. KIA over Germany 7 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Brine Square is named in his memory. Brother of Robert. 104 1954 Annual Report Robert J. Brine, Lt. KIA over Italy 20 Jan. 1945. Awarded Purple Heart. Brine Square is named in his memory. Brother of William. Ralph G. Boyce, Lt. Plane shot down over England 6 May 1944, KIA. Awarded William L. Burt, Flight Officer, KIA New Caledonia 18 July 1943. Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Leslie R. Durkee Jr. Lt. KIA over China 30 May 1945. Awarded Purple Heart. Peter Duval, Lieut. Executed by Japanese on Mille Island 19 Jan. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. George F. Feeny, Sgt. 15th Air Force, KIA over Adriatic Sea. Awarded Purple Heart. John Homan Jr., Lt. KIA 18 Oct. 1943. Awarded the Purple Heart. Bernard Lipsky, Lt. KIA over France 17 Nov. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Harold S. Thompson, Lt. Missing in action over Germany 10 Feb. 1943. Awarded the Purple Heart. Thomas D. Wadleigh, Staff Sgt. KIA over Germany 10 Sept. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Donald J. Wilcox, Lt. Killed in plane crash, Oklahoma 16 May 1944. Charles H. Burgess, Pfc. KIA, Guadalcanal 27 Sept. 1942. Awarded Purple Heart. James M. J. Foody, Lt. KIA at Kinawa 9 May 1945 Awarded the Purple Heart. Antonio Gambale, Pfc. KIA in Pacific Area 30 Dec. 1943. Awarded the Purple Heart. Blaine Kehoe, Cpl. KIA on Cape Gloucester, New Britain Islands, 12 Feb. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Joseph F. McCarty, Pvt. KIA on Guadalcanal 9 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. Gerald J. McGettrick, Pfc. KIA on Gaudalcanal 9 Oct. 1942. Awarded the Purple Heart. Harold D. Raymond, Cpl. KIA on Guadalcanal 14 Oct. 1942. Awarded the Purple Heart. the Purple Heart. United States Marine Corps 105 Town of Swmnpscott United States Navy Morrison R. Brown, Lt. Lost at Sea Oct. 1943. Awarded Navy Cross and Purple Heart. George A. Foster, Ens. Killed when blimp was wrecked during storm in Gulf of Mexico. Frank H. Keegan Jr. CPO Lost at Sea near Australia 30 Nov. 1942. Awarded Purple Heart. Ralph W. Knowles, Seaman 1/c Lost at Sea 27 Oct. 1943 from USS Hornet in Pacific. Awarded the Purple Heart. Kenneth W. Saville, Ens. KIA in the Pacific 12 May 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. United States Coast Guard Charles D. Addison Jr. St Died from intestinal surgery US Marine Hospital, Boston, Mass. 4 Dec. 1943. United States Merchant Marine James E. Sharp, Lost in Gulf of Mexico 20 May 1942 when SS Halo was torpedoed. KOREAN CONFLICT Presidents: Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower 2!) June 1950: Chinese Communist and North Korean Forces invaded South Korea. 31 Jan. 1955: Korean "emergency" declared over by Presidential proclamation. Figures are not available as to the number of Swampscott men and women who were members of the Armed Services during this "conflict". Three Swamp- scott men lost their lives. ROLL OF HONOR John A. Miller, Lt. Air Force KIA over Korea 8 Oct. 1951. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. George A. Shore, Jr., Pfc. USMC KIA Korea 24 Sept. 1950. Awarded Purple Heart. Warren C. Dunphy Jr., Capt. Air Force, Killed by accident 18 July 1954, Sacra- mento, California. Awarded Presidential Unit Citation and Distinguished Flying Cross for World War II service in Europe. Grateful acknowledgement is made to Librarian Miss Edith Snow and her staff for some of the information contained in this report. While every effort has been made to secure accuracy, it is felt that some errors or omissions may have occurred. If any are noted it is requested that this office be informed. 106 1954 Annual Report Individuals Assisted t-H 1— I 1— 1 c3 <A VETERANS' BENEFITS 1 a 1 a 10 1 1 9 A ■1 VETERANS' SERVICES Discharges and other official papers photostated 16 24 418 Non-service pensions filed with V. A 18 Service Connected claims for compensation filed with V. A. . 1 18 62 Hospitalization secured at V. A. or Quigley Hospital 6 4 2 Educational or G. I. Loans Processed 8 32 Claims for increased Compensation filed with V. A 8 2 1 Eequests to Congress to assist veterans with V. A. matters . 4 6 1 Widows of Veterans assisted in filing claims with V, A 2 4 1 Applications for headstones filed with Dept. of Army 2 6 1 Korean Bonus forms processed 266 The following listed Swampscott veterans died during 1954. World War I Henry Jennings Collins John James Hughes Linthall E. Leatherby Edward Joseph Garity Warren S. Hildreth Ralph Russell Edward Marshall Kehoe World War II Gerry Bessom 22 May Edward James Connell 18 June Herbert Lester Farrell 30 August Korean Conflict Warren Charles Dunphy Jr. 18 July 28 January 4 February 28 February 29 April 17 May 23 May Oct. 107 Toirii of Snmiipscott Public Library STAFF Edith N. Snow, Librarian Elizabeth \X\ Forbes, Acting Children's Librarian Ruth E. Pollard, Reference Librarian Marguerite W. Condon, Part Time Assistant Barbara E. Mansur, Library Secretary Joanne H. Bishop, General Library Assistant Angelo Losano, Janitor TRUSTEES George W. Howe, Chairman Nelson J. Darling, Jr. Ruth M. Barry, Secretary The 1954 Town Meeting voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Building Needs Committee that an addition to the Public Library be built, and appropriated eight)' thousand dollars therefor, plus sixty-five hundred for new lights for the present building. As the Article provided, the Town Moderator ap- pointed a special Building Committee to carry out the project: Andrew R. Linscott, Chairman; Richard G. Appel; Nelson |. Darling, Jr.; Philip FI. Kitfield ; Mrs. Robert A. Linden. Report of progress on that project properly belongs to that Committee. The Library Board, however, must record their extreme gratification over the most generous gift of Henr}^ S. Baldwin. He gave outright the amount of ten thousand dollars for a room to be called "The Henry S. Baldwin Historical Room", which will contain his unique collection of local history. At the special Town Meeting in June the Library Board was authorized to accept personal propert)^ or gifts of money up to twent}'-five thousand dollars toward the building or its furnishings. The Trustees hope it will not be necessary tc ask for contributions but if the cost exceeds the appropriation, gifts will be welcome. Several noteworthy gifts of books, however, have been received: From the estate of Ralph Russell, a regular borrower and good friend of the Librar)', his collection of books and pictures dealing with the circus. From D. Curtis Noyes, Jr., an excellent set of Balzac in translation, and twent}'-one useful volumes by Jack London and Jules Verne. From Mrs. Nathan Cohen, a long run of National Geographic magazines, handy for the children's exclusive use. Saturday evening patronage has been decreasing for some time, as it has in many public libraries. Since January, 1954, the Library^ has, therefore, closed at 6 P.M. on Saturdays only Notwithstanding this the adult circulation was 1245 more volumes than in 1953. This closing means an extra morning's service from 108 1954 Annual Report each staff member who would have been scheduled for Saturday evening, as the working week is still 38 hours. Few people realize that with a small staff the ordering and preparation of books, as well as much maintenance work on the collection, must be done in uninterrupted hours when the Library is not open. Everyone works at least 3 mornings. Circulation in the Children's Room increased from 32,609 to 42,543. That is 44 per cent of the total number of all books lent in 1954, though not quite all of the juvenile circulation is done from the Children's Room; the collections sent to classrooms accounted for 3,533 volumes. However the room is extremely busy all the time, with peak hours, when 90 to 100 children arrive, which pose particular problems. The popularity of the Summer Reading Club is great; 125 children finished the "book-a-week" required, and were eligible for the party. Vacation circulation equals or surpasses all but a couple of the winter months, indicating that the children read for pleasure as well as for school purposes. Six mailings of "Books Added" lists were made at intervals to each Town Meeting member and to teachers. One of our greatest needs is to let people know what is obtainable. Excellent stories in the Lynn papers have often pointed up our work most usefully. Club officers consult the Community Calendar in Swampscott Public Library for open dates when planning meetings 109 Town of Swampscott Jury List In accordance with Section 9 of Chapter 234 of the General Laws, the follow- ing Jury List is published in the Annual Town Report : Name Addison, Charles G. Allen, Eussel G. Anderson, Herbert E, Andrews, Herbert W. Armstead, Henry E. Austin, Harold E. Avey, Clarence W. Bailey, Eobert E., Jr. Bailey, Eobert W. Baril, Eoberre M. Bennett, Ealph O. Brown, Walter D. Burleigh, Elwood L. Carey, Francis D, Carver, Paul F. Cashman, Edward L. Chisholm, Theodore S. Christiansen, Arthur L. Clark, Frederic P. Condon, Thomas W. Connolley, William A. Cotton, Fred P. Cushman, Harold B. Davis, J. Price Day, Frank E. Deming, Charles Dermody, Gorham L. Doughty, Eobert S. Downey, James Drislane, John P. Drueas, Charles Durkee, Harold A. Dwyer, Charles W. Eastman, William A. Farren, Eobert X. Fellows, Frank G. Fish, Abbott W., Jr. Flanagan, Edward P. Flautt, John B. Frost, Karl M. Fuller, Gordon F. Goldstein, Henry Goodhue, George K., Jr. Goodwin, Herman A. Graham, Philip T. Grynkraut, John F. Hapgood, Franklin E. Harpin, Eaoul E. Harris, William W. Houghton, Austin S. Howe, Everett C. Hunt, Eobert F. Eesidence 54 Sargent Eoad 140 Beach Bluff Avenue 34 Farragut Eoad 37 Orient Court 4 Francis Eoad 150 Eedington Street 56 Humphrey Street 32 Greenwood Terrace 141 Paradise Eoad 55 Sherwood Eoad 4 King Street 29 Bates Eoad 55 Bellevue Eoad 63 Orchard Eoad 24 Estabrook Eoad 96 Puritan Eoad 7 Eock Avenue 62 Ocean View Eoad 151 Phillips Avenue 44a Atlantic Avenue 30 Beach Avenue 57 Sargent Eoad 53 Lincoln Circle 68 Middlesex Avenue 43 Suffolk Avenue 721 Humphrey Street 37 Eockland*^ Street 41 Eoy Street 87 Melvin Avenue 39 Middlesex Avenue 64 Walnut Eoad 28 Puritan Avenue 172 Aspen Eoad 32 Middlesex Avenue 124 Greenwood Avenue 73 Plymouth Avenue 55 Greenwav 338 Essex Street 193 Humphrey Street 29 Manton Eoad 14 Ocean View Eoad 8 Commonwealth Avenue 15 Clarke Eoad 142 Walker Eoad 38 Maple Avenue 38 Gale Eoad 5 Fuller Terrace 29 Norfolk Avenue 33 Aspen Eoad 62 Orient Court 40 Magnolia Eoad 281 Atlantic Avenue Occupation Manufacturer Godfrey-Cabot, Inc. Sales Manager Machinist Winder Bank Clerk Machinist United Shoe Accountant Sales Eng. Clerk Salesman Agent Asst. Chemist Merchant Production Foreman Manufacturer Clark & Friend Salesman Ins. Agent Sales Bakery Manager G. E. Hoague & Sprague Bank Sales Salesman G. E. Office Manager H. P. Hood Manufacturer Buyer Salesman Adver. Market Sales X. E. Tel. & Tel. Shoe Manufacturer Adver. Estimator Halter Banker Tanner Engineer Vice President Xews Agent Item Writer Sales Accountant Buyer 1954 Annual Report Name Hunkins, Richard A. Hussey, Harold G. Ingalls, Michael M. Ingram, Stephen R. Jaffee, Harry N. Jewell, Richard G. Johanson, Helmer C. Johnson, Harry E. Johnson, Iver Kerr, Herbert B. Kline, L. Herbert Koban, Vassell A. Langmaid, Joseph Legro, Raymond P. Lewis, Carl S. Lilly, John M. Lobred, James I. Loring, Maynard N. Loveday, Edward D. MacPhee, Angus D. Manning, Richard F. McDermott, Bernard F. McManus, Julia L Merritt, Charles Milmore, Norville L. Minihane, Donald Morse, Judson P. Nichols, Howard A. O 'Connell, John P. O'Neill Robert F. Perron, Andre Pierce, Ralph Randall, Charles H. Regan, Patrick F. Remick, Ervin D., Jr. Roger, Norman Russell, Amos E. Sargent, Walter E, Sarra, Robert L. Shaw, Minot M. Snell, Walter B. Spurr, Francis A. Stahl, Louis E. Stairs, Wilbur C. Stevens, John H. Stowell, Frank S. Tilden, Calvin S. Townsend, Paul H. Turner, Frederick J. Turner, George A. Vance, George E. Vose, Harold L., Jr. Warfield, Earl B. Residence 226 Salem Street 20 Banks Terrace 1 Puritan Lane 18 Roy Street 39 Bates Road 314 Forest Avenue 39 Lincoln House Avenue 358 Essex Street 26 Nichols Street 19 Puritan Park 8 Sheridan Terrace 13 Phillips Circle 26 Beach Bluff Avenue 30 Suffolk Avenue 187 Burrill Street 40 Bellevue Road 28 Shaw Road 35 Bay View Drive 40 Lewis Road 17 Walnut Road 21 Palmer Road 38 Pleasant Street 101 Melvin Avenue 19 Banks Terrace 34 BellevueRoad 64 Franklin Avenue 87 Ocean Avenue 66 Magnolia Road 22 Maple Avenue 30 Stanwood Road 57 Plymouth Avenue 51 Lexington Circle 7 Orient Court 121 Norfolk Avenue 164 Puritan Road 6 Brown Road 66 Kensington Lane 79 Greenwood Avenue 90 Puritan Road 44 Winshaw Road 141 Norfolk Avenue 11 Thomas Road 17 Allen Road 21 Lodge Road 100 Stetson Avenue 335 Forest Avenue 17 Middlesex Avenue 35 Grant Road 91 Farragut Road 97 Phillips Avenue 93 Kensington Lane 16 Beverly Road 17 Arbutus Road Occupation Asst. Manager Manager Salesman Leather Manager Engineer Eagle Shoe Leather Worker G. E. Furniture Manufacturer Designer Dealer Machinist Pur. Agent Y.M.C.A. Manager Clerk Jr. Executive Rem. Rand Hardware Accountant Home Tel. Co. Vice Pres. Mech. Eng. Steel Accountant Leather Salesman United Shoe Sales Rep. Mechanic Asst. Manager Pers, Work Buyer Manager Salesman Shoe Manager Oil Burners Teacher Chemist G. E. Booma-Breed Bookkeeper Machinist Sylvan ia Mech. Eng. Coca-Cola Foreman Paint Co. Dealer 111 Tcm ti of Smiuipscott Xame Residence Occupation Waruock. Philip B. 2S Bay A'iew Drive Launderette Wav. John S. 121 Beach Bluff Avenue Salesman Webber. Robert P. Elliott Street Lab. Tech. Welch. John Q. 76 King Street G. E. Welsh. Richard J. 10 Stone Court Salesman Whiddeu. Donald S. 90 Puritan Lane Merchant Whipple. John W. 1 Eureka Avenue a. E. Willett, Fred A. 57 Orient Court Teller York, Philip A. 26 Hillcrest Circle Mechanic Zaiger. Louis 25 Atlantic Avenue Manufacturer Building Inspector Raymond O. Doaxe. Bu'ndiug inspetior Dwellings New 62 * 868,200.00 Alterations and Additions 39 53,060.00 Private Garages New 5S 58,300.00 Alterations and Additions A 1.900.00 Miscellaneous Office Buildings 2 20,350 Oo Restaurant ( Alterations) 1 8,000.00 Apartment House (Alterations) 1 10,000.00 Store I Alterations ) 2 6,000.00 Work Shop 1 5.000.00 Greenhouse 2 1.950.00 Church (Alterations) ] 4,400.00 Warehouse 1 4,000.00 Tool House 1 4.000.00 Guest House (Alterations) 1 1.000.00 Demolish Dwellings 2 Demolish Garase 2 Demolish Shed t 1 ISl .*1,046.160.00 Building Permits 181 Permits" to Shingle 119 300 Number of Inspections (Buildings) 305 Xumber of Inspections (Shingling) 119 424 Amount of Buildings Fees Collected *248 00 Elevator Operator's Licenses Issued: Xew 4 4.00 Renewals 4 2.00 $254.00 All horels and elevators have been inspected and returns made to the State. Several complaints of violations of the building laws have been investigated and in all cases adjustments made. Frequent examinations were made of buildings in course of construction and repair. 112 1954 Annual Report World War II MemDrial Fund Ernest Manchin, Chairman Benjamin Goldberg, Secretary Philip H. Stafford Clement E. Kennedy David F. Doherty John R. Cooper Albert F. Pashby A very fine precedent was established during the year. Two former Classes of Swampscott High School, made contributions to the Fund. No doubt other Classes may make contributions to the Fund in the future. The contributions during the year totalled $150 and were received from the following: Mr. Arthur R. Schwartz $50.00 Swampscott High School Class of 1934 .... 70.00 Swampscott High School Class of 1929 -- 30.00 For the fourth year a $250 scholarship was awarded. The award was made to Virginia M. Donald, who enrolled at State Teachers College at Salem, Massachusetts. The financial report of the Fund as of December 31, 1954 follows: Salem Five Cents Savings Bank $ 5,409.90 Salem Savings Bank 5,435.62 Provident Institution for Savings 106.52 Total Balance ..$10,952.04 Balance due Virginia M. Donald 150.00 Net Balance as of December 31, 1954 $10,802.04 The total of the scholarships awarded to date is $ 1,000. At the Annual Meeting of the Trustees, which was held October 13, 1954 at the New Ocean House, it was noted that the Fund has been increased by an amount of $156, in accumulated earnings. The contributions received during the year were formally accepted by the Trustees. The growth of the Fund from contributions and earnings was considered satisfactory progress. Ernest Manchin was elected Chair- man and Philip H. Stafford was elected Secretary of the Trustees for the coming year. The Swampscott World War II Memorial Fund welcomes gifts and bequests. It is suggested that those contemplating gifts or bequests, confer with any Trustee of the Fund. A letter received from the U. S. Treasury Department, states "Contri- butions made to the Fund are deductible by the donors in computing their taxable net income, etc". 113 Totvn of Swampscott SGhofll Department Walter H. Forbes, Jr., Chairman Term Expires 1956 28 Greenwood Terrace Lillian I. White Term Expires 1957 8 Phillips Avenue George A. Chadwell Term Expires 1957 96 Stetson Avenue William H. Rothwell, 2nd Term Expires 1955 Little's Point Theodore C. Sargent Term Expires 1956 9 Clarke Road Regular meeting, second Thursday of each month. Superintendent of Schools John A. Whitehead 367 Forest Avenue LYnn 8-9455 Secretary of School Committee William H. Rothwell, 2nd Little's Point LYnn 5-6272 Secretary Gertrude Donlon 37 Salem Street LYnn 2-6643 The office of the Superintendent of Schools is open on school days from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. SCHOOL CALENDAR 1954 Winter term begins Monday, January 3 Winter term closes Friday, February 18 Spring term begins Monday, February 28 Spring term closes Friday, April 15 Summer term begins Monday, April 25 Fall term begins Wednesday, September 7 To the Citizens of Swampscott: Ladies and Gentlemen : The major problem that confronted your School Committee during 1954 is the same that has faced us for the past two years — adequate housing for the school children of Swampscott. With the opening, in September, of the Stanley School addition, the housing situation at the elementary level has been relieved, and for the first time in four years there is no platoon system in Swampscott. During the year just past, our efforts have been concentrated on the housing problem at the secondary level. The problem as it appeared to us at the start of school in September was an enrollment at the High School of 590 pupils with a capacity of 550, and at the Junior High School an enrollment of 343 with a capacity of 330. The problem will be even n>ore acute on the opening of school in September, 1955. The predicted enrollment at the High School will be 675 with a capacity of 550, and at the Junior High School (grades seven and eight) 337 with a capacity of 330. Obviously some immediate corrective steps must be taken or we will be unable to operate from sheer lack of space. 114 1954 Annual Report The sworn duty of your School Committee is to maintain the high standard of education which we have all come to expect of the Swampscott School System. Your School Committee is determined to avoid the two platoon system at the secondary level as long as possible, and we are happy to say that after careful planning with Mr. Dunn, Principal of the High School, and the Superintendent of Schools, we have been able to avoid the two platoon system at the High School for the year 1955-1956. This will be accomplished by making two extra classrooms out of what is now our study hall, and one additional classroom in the basement. The auditorium must now be used as a study hall, and the cafeteria as an activities room. It is necessary for us to appropriate $7,050 in our 1955 budget for this project. The hope for the future of the educational system of Swampscott rests with the acceptance by the citizens of the reports to be submitted early in 1955 by the two committees appointed by the Moderator. The first committe will report on the location and plans for a new High School, and the second committee will report on the future use of the Hadley School building. Prompt action by the Town Meeting to place the recommended plans into action will aid in reaching an eventual answer to our space needs. Your School Committee has done all in its power to maintain the standards of education that you have instructed us you want for your children. Unless action is prompt we will be forced to take action that will eventually lead to a lowering of this standard. Let us repeat — the future of the education of our children rests strictly with you, the citizens of Swampscott. Your School Committee is making every effort to keep the cost per pupil for education in Swampscott at a moderate level. We seek high professional standards and try to attain this objective by efficient administration so that total expenditures will be kept in line. By following this pattern we have been able to build a budget for 1955 that shows only a 4.8% increase over last year, whereas our pupil popula- tion has climbed more than 6.7%. As a consequence, our costs per pupil will decrease this year. The Superintendent's report gives many details about the activities of your School Department, and we urge all citizens to read it. To the Swampscott School Committee, Mrs. White and Gentlemen: I herewith submit my third annual report as Superintendent of Schools. The year 1954 has been characterized by intense activity in all phases of school work in order to meet the needs of our growing student population. The year has seen more than the usual amount of growth in our school population, school plant, and school program. We have a reputation for doing outstanding work in teaching youngsters the fundamental subjects, and in the general discipline and morale of the department. As we have faced the problems of 1954, it has been our aim to adjust our practices and conditions to current conditions without jeopardizing in any way the values that have been so well established and maintained by our predecessors. School space, our greatest challenge The provision for teaching space for our secondary school population is now the most important problem that the School Department and citizens of Swampscott 115 Town oj Swampscott have to face. Our Senior High School is designed to accommodate a maximum of five hundred and fifty pupils under the present school program; our Junior High School is designed to accommodate at the most three hundred thirty pupils under the present program. Those figures have already been exceeded by present enrollments. This fact has presented a serious problem in scheduling the classes to be taught, and maintaining school morale and discipline. It is obvious that our educational environment will be less favorable under crowded conditions. During 1954 the predicted enrollments as originally given to us by the Educational Service Associates at Tufts College, have been restudied by the Massachusetts School Building Assistance Commission. This study shows that in the next twelve years the enrollments in grades seven to nine will be between six and seven hundred students. This figure will be reached in 1958 and will stay there consistently throughout the years of enrollment prediction. The same study also shows that in grades ten to twelve the figure of five hundred sixty will be reached for these three grades in I960 and thereafter will stay between six and seven hun- dred throughout the period of prediction which, for the high school, ends in I969. This particular formula is a conservative one based upon children already born. It is obvious that the town, at the moment, is completely unequipped to face this problem which will be felt with considerable severity in the fall of 1955. Over the years several studies of building needs have been made by SchtX)l Committes, Town Committees, and outside experts. From these studies it becomes very clear that the most economical and satisfactory solution to this problem is a construction of a new senior high school to accommodate grades ten to twelve. If this is done the present high school building will function very well as a Junior 1954 Annual Report High School for the forseeable future. Such a solution would not only give flexi- bility (ability to shift ninth grade back and forth as enrollments change) but also makes it unnecessary for the School Committee to request any further school con- struction in Swampscott at least until 1970, which is the period we can predict at this time. During 1954 a special committee, appointed by the town to study building needs, recommended that a high school be built at Phillips Park. The School Committee accepted these recommendations and spent considerable time in making a thorough investigation of all the possible ways of carrying out this project. Considerable written material was made available to the people exploring all phases of the problem. Subsequently, a High School Investigating Committee was appointed as a result of a spec'al town meeting. The School Committee has cooperated by furnishing information whenever it has been requested. The School Committee and the school staff will continue to do everything in their power to expedite the solution of this most serious problem in the interests of the children now in the Swampscott schools. Mr. James Dunn, Principal of Swampscott High School, indicates his concern with this problem in his report as follows: "The great problem which faces us in the high school is our lack of space in the face of rapidly growing enrollment, a problem quite familiar to many communi- ties, but none the less, most acute in our case. Last June we graduated 111 boys and girls. This year's senior class numbers 115. It is apparent that we shall not again have such moderate size classes in the forseeable future. Our present junior, sophomore With all classrooms in use, the High School cafeteria is used for testing. 117 Town of Swampscott and freshman classes have respectively 149, 150 and 176 pupils. Our total enrollments as of now is 590. We anticipate an entering class next September of approximately 200, which will boost our enrollment to 675. One can imagine the task that con- fronts us when it is necessary to carry on in a building designed to function for 550. To maintain school morale, disciplme and our present standards, our faculty will face a stern challenge. An examination of the previous year's graduates provides us with one yardstick for evaluating the work accomplished in this school. Of this class of 111, 67% continued their education beyond high school. Twenty four-year colleges are attended by this group in addition to junior colleges, technical schools, schools of nursing and secretarial schools. Nearly one fifth of the group entered full-time jobs and 10% entered the service. Obviously it is not possible to give much individual instruction in every day class work in most areas. To a considerable extent, this is compensated for by the individual attention of our guidance department and by special attention to college students in special drills for examinaitons by subject teachers in preparation for college entrance examinations. This work is done in afternoon sessions extending over a period of several months. The excellent placement work of our business department has resulted in bringing well-trained young people and jobs together. Parents would do well to consider the advantages of our business curriculum. Students trained in the Business Department of our school work chiefly in offices in Swampscott, Lynn, Salem and Boston. The demand for them to work in both part and full-time employment continues to be greater than their supply. Young people who understand business principles and who have competence in bookkeep- mg, filing, general clerical work, typing, office machines, and stenography have no difficulty upon graduation in securing satisfactory beginning jobs in the business world. It is to be hoped that boys and girls who evince interest in business and have aptitude for it will be encouraged by parents and teacher advisers to study in the field of business. Successful completion of their courses in high school enables them to progress according to their ability and application to the work at hand. The Placement Bureau of the school stands ready to help students and business placement officers alike to secure placement, orientations, and advancement on the job. In so doing, it helps the community. This past year the industrial arts department has expanded its facilities to include areas in automotive industry practice and electricity, in addition to the func- tioning wood working area. A course in industrial materials also was incorporated as a necessary correlating subject, filling a long existent need in the curriculum. The drafting area fills the needs of the industrial arts group, with the facilities being extended to those in the scientific group of the college preparatory curriculum who are planning an engineering career. A planning area for the shop has been set up and will be functioning shortly. Here are also provided the space and materials for special instruction in any of the shop skills as well as for special pupil needs in other curricula, in close cooperation wtih the guidance department. With the ex- panded facilities and the apparent needs as indicated in conference with the guidance 118 1954 Annual Report Woodworking is an important part of the Industrial Arts program. department, an appreciable increase in enrollment may be expected in the industrial arts department this coming year. From this industrial arts training, comes motivation for automotive, technical and other specialized schools. The department of Home Economics affords an insight into the rich oppor- tunities in the field of dietetics and clothing. Many of our students take work in this area for their personal needs. There are many opportunities open for those who wish to specialize in this field. An increasing number of our students are recipients of scholarships. At graduation last June a total of $2750 in local scholarships and awards was given to students going to a variety of schools, including: Teachers Colleges, Nurses Training Schools, Junior Colleges and Secretarial. Others have lately won scholarships at leading colleges. There are many opportunities for our ambitious students." During the year the Stanley School Building Committee made a new Stanley School addition available for the use of the children. This eight room addition was opened in September and now has an enrollment of 268 pupils. These rooms will enable us to take care of the elementary school population for the next year or two. After that time more classrooms will be needed to accommodate these youngsters. The solution that is suggested is that the Hadley School be converted to an elementary school entirely and that it be modernized in order to best carry out this purpose. At the present time a Hadley School Investigating Committee is studying 119 Town of Swampscott Home Nursing and child care techniques are demonstrated by our Public Health Nurse. changes that will need to be made in the building to make it serviceable as an elementary school for a period of years. It should be noted that failure to solve the High School problem not only will effect the education of youngsters in grades ten to twelve but the crowded conditions will extend their effects throughout all the grades in the school system. We know from our figures of present enrollment and from predictions that it will be essential to have more elementary school classrooms in the near future and that the conversion of the Hadley School for elementary purposes will meet this need. The Instrtictional Proorat?/ — A Year of Progress The program of appraisal of all the subjects and practices in the elementary school has been continued. During the year new elementary report cards were tried out. The Teachers' Committee met and discussed the experiences with the new sys- tem and also took a poll of parental opinion on the matter. As a result of this, mod- ifications have been made in the card. Conference plans also are improved by the use of a written report form to give standard test results to parents. This enables the parent to know exactly where his child stands in various school subjects in re- lation to other children in the country. A Reading Committee was foimed consisting of elementary teachers from all buildings. This committee, after study of the various reading systems on the market, selected three to be investigated. These were carefully investigated and visits made to systems where they were in use. All first grades were equipped with materials this year. This program will be installed in grade two next year and gradually 120 1954 Annual Report extended until it is available to all youngsters in all grades. It is gratifying to report that up to the present time no adverse comments on the new system have been re- ceived. This is to the credit of the committee which did such a fine job in its selection, tion. During the year two other committees have been formed — one to study Science teaching in the elementary grades and one consisting of all kindergarten teachers to plan a curriculum guide for the kindergarten grades. These committees are expected to report during the year 1955. The Language Arts Committee is in its second year. A new English text was adopted for use in Swampscott elementary grades. The Committee is also printing a guide for the use of the teachers in order that practices in all buildings may be corelated and the same type of material taught to the youngsters. Growth in the number of elementary pupils and classes during the last few years made it impossible for our music supervisor to cover the work that has been assigned to her. This year a new teacher has been engaged to assist in the teaching of junior high school and elementary music. This has enabled us to do more thorough work in the elementary grades, and it will result in more Glee Club ac- tivity in all schools for those youngsters of interest and ability. This is but one of the many steps being taken to adjust to ever-increasing enrollments. It has been particularly pleasing to observe the growth of our physical educa- tion program in all the schools. During the year 1954 a program of basketball in the afternoon for grades seven and eight has been started at the Stanley School. The Town of Swampscott shortage of play space has always been a severe handicap to the school in an attempt to do more in the line of sports throughout the winter. The addition of the Stanley School Hall will make it possible for us to expand. In the spring, in cooperation with the Swampscott Yacht Club, sailing was made available as a sport to people in our High School and Junior High, both boys and girls. A Track team was formed for the first time. Forty-five boys participated in this program, and several meets wttt held during the spring. Not only has our program grown in the number of sports added, but it has grown in every other direction also. There are more varied types of drills, more students taking part, more mat work, ropes, and group games. According to latest figures 160 boys were involved in football on the junior and senior high levels, while 70 played elementary touch football last fall. In field hockey 185 girls par- ticipated. Figures are equally high in other sports with 45 boys in hockey, 110 girls in basketball, 85 boys in basketball, 80 boys in baseball and 15 boys in track. The elementary school youngsters were not left out of the afternoon program either. During this winter 125 boys and girls will be in the basketball program for the Junior High School and 65 for the elementary schools. Many requests for information have been received from other schools concerning our program and how such a program is started. It is pleasing that this overall program has grown so quickly. During the year the school staff makes use of standard tests. These tests ai*- constructed by a commercial firm and tried out on large numbers of pupils through- out the country in order to establish levels of achievement that may be expected from the various grades. It is gratifying that when these tests are used in Sv/ampscott they invariably show that our youngsters make scores from a half a year to a year in advance of the scores of the other school systems. This indication that preparation is very thorough in Swampscott is backed up by two other pieces of evidence. 1. We often hear from youngsters coming in from other systems that our work is more advanced than it was in the system from which they came. We rarely if ever, hear that anybody feels that the work in Swampscott is too easy in com- parison to that which he had before coming. 2. Each year we also have approximately 25 or 30 youngsters taking college board examinations. From this we get the opportunity to compare our better students with the better students in other communities from public and private schools throughout the country. In these tests 500 is considered an average mark. 600 is considered very high. The average of our total scores in each subject would total 568 for last June, which is an extremely high record. Many pupils got totals of over 600 in their subject matter tests. The College Boards also give a test to de- termine the ability of the student. In these tests, our students, who also took sub- ject matter tests, averaged 490 in their scores. It must be borne in mind that this is in comparison with the best students from all over the country. It is obvious at once that a very good training must be given at Swampscott High School if our scores on capacity are average and our scores on achievement are high. This is an account of the major accomplishments in 1954. In addition it must be borne in mind that many devices are coming into use, or are extended in their use that tend to give our children a better training and a better understanding of the world in which they live. Our teachers are alert for opportunities to bring new edu- 122 1954 Annual Report Modern teaching uses a variety of materials to challenge the skills and interests of all pupils. cational experiences. For instance, in the fifth grade at the Machon School nearly half the class formed a pen pal club through the student letter exchange. The Clarke School citizenship course is often quoted as an example of good practice in this area and inquiries have been received from other systems as to how the pro- gram is set up. In the Stanley School a tape recorder has been constantly in use. This enables worthwhile material to be recorded and made available to all classes in the school at a time when it is convenient for them to hear the program, and also children's voices may be recorded for speech correction. A library of film strips is slowly being built so that this important visual aid will be available to students in all schools. These are only a few of the many ways in which an alert staff is seeking to use the best modern devices to improve the thoroughness of learning of the pupils. All the Needs of All the Children An important part of the school program is to take care of the personal needs of the children, to treat them as individual personalities in many cases needing help and advice to make the adjustments required in school life as well as life outside the school. Such activities are part of the work of every teacher. Teachers help the youngsters to meet their problems, to adjust to situations that may be difficult to them and observe youngsters at all times for signs that some special attention is needed. The formal work in connection with this function of the school lies within the scope of the activities of the school nurse and the director of guidance. During the year 1954 a set of ear phones was purchased for our pure tone audiometer. This makes it possible for all youngsters to have a modern hearing test 123 Town of Swampscott Up-to-date equipment and skillful testing catch hearing loss in time. each year, which not only will reveal the present level of hearing, but is so de- signed that it immediately detects slight losses of hearing which might later result in deafness. Many times it is possible to prevent the onset of deafness if a person knows soon enough that trouble is coming. For the first time this year, a hearing therapy class has been started two afternoons a week. In this class a specialist tutors youngsters whose hearing is inadequate to a point where lip reading methods must be used to supplement the use of a hearing aid. The work in Guidance has been enlarged in scope through the addition of a half-time teacher in the held. Our Guidance staff not only does a great deal of work in placement, individual counselling and advising, but supervises the testing pro- gram throughout all the schools, including vocational guidance tests. The Guidance department also serves as aid and advisor to teachers in their studies of problems which affect their work directly. During 1954 a revised system of keeping accumulated records was instituted in the elementary schools. Under the new system on two cards teachers record a com- plete history of the child as he progresses through the elementary school. This will be made available to the high school staff in later years, because such informa- tion is useful in teaching and advising high school students. During the year a committee of Junior High teachers was formed to discuss and revise the promotional policy at the Junior High School. Standards for pro- motions were reviewed and clarified. Provisions were also made for cooperative decisions by the faculty. 124 1954 Annual Report Our Staff Has Grown As the number of pupils has increased and the school program has grown in its scope, so have the number of staff members required to keep the program up to the usual standards. Now we have 112 principals and teachers. The total number of employees in the school system numbers 137 full-time men and women and eight part-time. There has been considerable activity on the part of the professional staff in studying for purposes of professional improvement. Nearly all teachers fulfill course requirements of the salary schedule as of June 1954. In addition to this there is increasing professional activity with organizations, such as the New England School Development Council, The Association for Childhood Education, The Mass- achusetts Teachers' Association, The American Association of University Women, and the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (honor society for women in edu- cation) . In addition our teachers are working with a variety of committees which are studying problems with teachers of other towns. This kind of professional awareness will do much toward keeping a spirit of progressiveness alive that will lead to the continual solution of the many problems one faces in present day education. During the year the opening of the Stanley School and the problems presented by greatly increased enrollment in the Hadley School in the last three years, made it necessary that more janitors be employed. As a result two men were added to the staff in 1954, which will make it possible for standards of housekeeping to be maintained. During 1954 the teachers' new salary schedule went into effect. This schedule was voted by the School Committee after a study by a representative group of people, consisting of teachers, school committee, and representatives from various interested organizations in town. At the same time extra salaries paid for part-time work in addition to the regular salary was studied and in some cases changes were made. All elementary teachers were given one visiting day during the fall in order that they might observe teachers in other towns. Visits were of great value to the teachers and the geographical area represented in the visitations extended from New York to the Maine border. It is interesting to note that our teachers came back feeling that their methods, materials, and teaching situations were very satisfactory in comparison with those which they visited. The School Plant was Improved In 1954, as in the three previous years, considerable work was done on the school plant in order to keep it up to proper standards of repair and cleanliness. The projects carried out are far too numerous to mention, but perhaps a few of the changes do deserve special mention in this report. Much work was done in replacing shades in the Hadley School and in the High School. This must be a continuing program extending over the next four or five years, since there are many that are not in condition for further use. One major project was the replacement of the High School hot water tank. This tank had been in use since the remodelling of the building and was in an unsafe condition. Its removal was made at the request of the Boiler Inspector. Progress was made in the painting of the Machon School with the redecoration 125 Town of Swampscott of three more classrooms and both of the stairwells. This has improved the working conditions for the children to a considerable extent. A new roof was placed on the Hadley Annex, replacing one that had been on the building since it was built in 1924. Repointing is badly needed both at the Hadley and at the High School, one wall being repointed at the Hadley. Considerable attention was given to the Clarke School grounds, all lawns being loamed and protected with temporary fences from the youngsters who come to Abbott Park to play. It is planned to improve the appearance of the building further by placing shrubbery around it during 1955. One of the most pleasing improvements in the school system this year has been the installation of new lights in twelve Hadley classrooms. This came about as a result of a meeting with P.T.A. members who expressed considerable interest in seeing the lighting project carried out. It is encouraging that such things can be done in an old building to make it more functional for modern education. During the year many minor projects were carried out such as the cleaning and repair of the High School stage cyclorama, the improvement of storage facilities in the Junior High shop, the rebuilding of doors at the Hadley School, the replacement and re- pair of flashings which were in a dangerous condition at the Machon School, taking care of some bad roof leaks at the Stanley School, replacing one classroom of fur- niture in the Stanley School, installing a bicycle rack at the Clarke School and finish- ing additional bookcases for our growing High School library. An unusually large amount of money was spent on textbooks during 1954. This was necessary mainly in the High School where additional enrollment put a heavy burden on the textbook account and also at the Stanley School. In the Stanley School the grades that had been on platoon were sharing the same textbooks. When these grades were separated in the new building it meant that one room for each grade had to have complete new textbooks. This kind of heavy expenditure is not anticipated again in the near future. Throughout the year considerable attention has been given to the materials used by our janitors in the cleaning and maintenance of the buildings. All of the men have been spending some time in an attempt to discover and experiment with new products that might do the work better and with more efficiency. As a result of this, the kinds of supplies being bought are gradually being changed and replaced with the latest types. Tests were made of certain floors during the year to ascertain which waxes were the least slippery, and therefore would be safer for the children, the teachers and the public. Purchases in the future will be made on the basis not only of the wearing quality of the wax, but also on its safety quality. The addition of a full-time maintenance man to the staff in place of the "floating janitor" has proved to be a sound financial investment. There are many small maintenance and repair jobs that formerly would have to go out under con- tract that are now done by our own man with only the cost of materials being neces- sary. This is indicative of the continual adjustments that are being made in order to get good work done at a lower price. Our School Costs are Staying in Line During the year 1954 the School Department budget for current operations totalled $643,609.00. Of this amount by far the greater part was spent for instruc- 126 1954 Annual Report tion. Our instruction cost in Swampscott of 79% of the budget indicates that the money that is appropriated for schools is spent for those things that provide for the proper education of the children — teachers, supplies and textbooks. Our next largest account is for operation of the plant. This includes supplies for janitors, janitors' salaries, heat and light and some repair of equipment. Our administrative costs of something over 2% is considered very low in any business. It should also be noted that as the cost of running the school system increases, the receipts from state funds are increasing also, so that the net gain in any year over the previous year is always less than it would seem to be from comparing the two budgets. For instance, in 1953 receipts on account of schools were $33,874.00, but in 1954 they were five thousand dollars higher than that, a total of $39,480.00. The summary of expenditures for 1954 is given below: Appropriation $643,609.00 Transfer 552.00 $644,161.00 Expenditures: General Control $ 14,393.16 Cost of Instruction 506,012.88 Operation of Plants 81,446.26 Maintenance 17,114.17 Capital Outlay 3,062.72 Auxiliary Agencies 22,130.86 644,160.05 Unexpended Balance $ -95 Credits to the Department: General Receipts 457.00 Tuition Received — General 1,138.00 State Refund, Trade and Vocational Schools 1,472.00 State Refund, General School Fund 36,413.00 39,480.00 Net Cost of Schools $624,680.05 Schools and Community Work Together In our country schools are kept close to the people in the local towns in con- trast to some countries where educational policy is formulated by the central govern- ment. Because of this the modern American school system makes every possible attempt to work closely with its community and with its parents. During the year there has been extensive cooperation between the schools and organizations in the town, who are directly or indirectly connected with educational work. This is the first full year of the publication of 'Tocus on Your Schools" our School Department paper. The issues have been devoted to the building problem and to the work of the Guidance Department, in addition to other items of interest in the work of the schools. Recently a questionnaire was sent out to parents to get reactions from the "Focus" material, and the answers that we received from the 127 Town of Swampscott public indicate that it is being well accepted and that there are many suggestions for future articles. School people cooperated with the Community Service in promoting a series of lectures in Adult Education. These lectures were carried on in the fall and were considered successful. The School Department has cooperated with three committees which have been studying town problems, particularly school problems, during 1954. The first, a Public Building Needs Committee, reported to the Town Meeting in April, using to some extent material furnished from the School Department. Information has also been given as requested to the Hadley School Investigating Committee and the High School Investigating Comimittee. In the spring the Swampscott Health Department and School Department cooperated in participating in the experimental work on polio that was being done on a national scale. Many of our children were innoculated as part of the experiment to test the effectiveness of a vaccine that had been developed. Our halls have been used by many organizations in the town. These halls are made available on very favorable terms to educational, cultural or recreational or- ganizations in Swampscott. They are also used sometimes for money raising funds at a reasonable fee. Appreciation has been expressed by those using the halls both because of the fine facilities that are being offered and because of the courteous service received from our janitorial staff. Our four P.T.A.'s have enjoyed a successful year of operation. There has been cooperation between the teachers and the parents, both through conferences and in handling the regular meeting program. The Superintendent has had the privilege of attending occasional P.T.A. council meetings and has found it to be very much worthwhile as a means of learning about the P.T.A. program and understanding the objectives of the council and its various individual organizations. A strong P.T.A. organization is a vital part of a strong school system, and the cooperation that exists in this town is a factor in the success of its schools. Open house has been conducted in all schools during an evening at least once during 1954. The purpose of this visitation evening is to allow the parent to see the teachers and to see the work of their children, as well as the environment in which the children work. All have been very well attended and appreciation has been expressed for the opportunity to get into the building at night, particularly by the fathers of the children concerned. As we face the problems of growth and re- adjustment of our school program, it is important that both parents and school staff realize that our interests are not opposed but are the same. School staff and parents have much to contribute to the thinking of each other and by working together co- operatively can do an effective piece of work for the children. It has been the policy to keep continual contact open between parents and school people through questionnaires, through conferences, through meetings and through newspaper publicity. This practice aids the school in being sensitive to the needs of the children and the community. Co77clmiou It is the function of the School Committee to formulate policies for the con- duct of the school system, as well as to make final decisions on all matters con- 128 1954 Annual Report cerning finance, employment and educational practice. Our School Committee has spent many hours this year in the study of the problems that we must face, and par- ticularly the problem of school space. Their earnestness and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated by the members of the school staff. I would like also to express my thanks to the principals, teachers, janitors and cafeteria workers for their cooperation and very effective work this past year. Their ability as well as their loyalty to th? cause of good education is greatly appreciated. Respectfully submitted, John A. Whitehead SupeYintendent of Schools Pupils Enrolled — October I, 1954 Freshman Sophomore . Juniors Seniors Total High School 176 149 149 115 589 Class I Class 11 Junior High School 160 183 343 Grades Kind . 1 2 3 4 . 5 . 6 Clarke .... 52 68 58 50 52 45 52 377 Hadley .... 38 44 48 65 54 37 33 319 Machou . . . 29 47 51 32 24 36 28 247 Stanley .... 63 68 62 67 65 62 58 445 High School 589 .Junior High 343 Elementary 1388 2320 SCHOOL DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY HIGH James H. Dunn, Principal Eobert V. Andersen Brooks K. Blossom Marian P. Burlingame Arthur G. Cronk Bette L. Davis Walter C. Drogue Thomas J. Eickelberger Enos E. Held Walter R. Henshaw Philip A. Jenkin Antoinette Lambert Jeanne Lepine Richard eT. Lynch Leon Harden Nance Marquette JUNIOR Keith L. Jordan, Prineip Marian S. Bennett Mary G. Boyce Francis E. Chiary Beatrice L, Cook Alice T. Durgin Elizabeth Gapinski Gertrude L, Hammond Mary E. Hanifey Irene P. McCormack John I. McLaughlin Flora B. McLearn Jennie M. McYey Edna I. Morrison Mildred J. O 'Leary Charlotte M. Oliver Richard W. Pavesi L. Joseph Roy Lois W. Roy Bronia Sielewicz Eileen Soper Richard D. Stevenson Katherine W. Trickey Emma S. White Marjorie White HIGH SCHOOL al Beatrice M. Hutchinson George E Hutchinson Harold S. Martin Jeanne F. McGoyern Crandall P. Nodwell Priscilla M, Schryver Katherine R. Townsend Helen Warren Grace E. Young 129 Town of Swampscott CLARKE SCHOOL Madelaiue M. Murphy, PrincipalBeryla Gorham Marjorie M. Carlson Virginia T. Grimes Marilyn F. Dennett Katherine F, Kerans Joan Dimeno L, Francis Mitchell .loan M. Dymond Ruth Nickerson Marilyn E. Francis Barbara Poole Catherine T. Garrity Evelina S. Roney Francis Goddard HADLEY SCHOOL Keith L. Jordan, Principal Emma Blossom Sophie Boratgis Maxine Boyd Norma Briana Melba Collins Florence M. Harrington Helen H. Hudson Ruth K. James Cecelia P. Loring Anne M. McCarthy Marian F. Newcomb Mary E. Selvage Georgette Weddendorf MACHON SCHOOL Esther K. Heikel, Principal Thelma Hessell Hazel V. Chase Helen F. Gangi Averill D. Gellerson Mae M. Graham Dorothy M. Henderson Evelyn H. Lovejoy Nancy Shumway Phyllis Smith Elizabeth W. Wade STANLEY Hilda J. Gifford, Principal Charlotte N. Connors Shirley C. Covner Margaret E. Durgin Grace M. Farrell Margaret P. Johnston Elizabeth S. Mahoney Jessie C. Martin SCHOOL Rosalie Muchnikoff Helen N. Nelson Genevieve i ierre Dorothy E. Rich Shirley Sterman Clara Waterman Carolyn H. White Barbara L. Young ALL SCHOOLS Mary M. Chaisson Supervisor of Art Mary W. Cooper Director of Guidance Donald C. Hammond Instrumental Music Amy C. Burk, R. N. Stanley Bondelevitch Director of Physical Education Anne Linscott Speech Esther Nazarian Supervisor of Music School Nurse SECRETARIES Bessie Heggie, Hadley School Edith Legro, High School Elizabeth Kehoe Daniel J, Myers Carl B. Goodwin Ralph E. Gould Mario Travascio Wendell Jones Emery Doane Henry .1. Callahan Elsie Topp Sarah Corcoran Hilda O. Boston Clementine Emerv JANITORS Frank Coletti Kenneth Cort Richard Corcoran Michael Pagnotta Thomas Bailey Donald R. Peterson Francis Losano ASSISTANTS Jennie Bates LUNCH ROOM Lillian Morse Lena Wilson 130 1954 Annual Report In Memoriam EDWARD J. CONNELL Wire Inspector — 1950-1954 Died June 18, 1954 CAPTAIN WARREN C. DUNPHY, JR. Member of Fire Department 1950-1954 Died July 18, 1954 JOHN A. HOLMES Board of Assessors — 1937-1954 Died March 3, 1954 EDWARD E. JAFFEE Member of Finance Committee 1952-1954 Died January 18*, 1954 ARCHIBALD MILLER Park Commissioner — 1918-1932 Died March 8, 1954 EDWARD C. PHILLIPS Plumbing Inspector — 1912-1951 Died March 28, 1954 WILLIS E. SHEPHARD Dog Officer — 1935-1950 Died May 17, 1954 131 Town of Swampscott General Intarmation Swampscott was incorporated as a Town on May 21, 1852. Situation: About 15 miles northeast of Boston. Population: 11,580 Area: 3.05 square miles Assessed Valuation: $29,785,825 as of January 1, 1954. Tax Rate: $47.00. Administration Building: 22 Monument Avenue. Senators in Congress: Leverett Saltonstall and John F. Kennedy. State Senator: Charles V. Hogan of Lynn (1st Essex District). Representative in Congress: William H. Bates of Salem (6th Congressional District) . Representatives in General Court: Thomas M. Newth of Swampscott; John A. Davis, Marblehead, and Ernest W. April of Salem (l4th Essex District). Member of Governor's Council: Arthur A. Thomson of N. Andover (5th District) . Qualifications of Voters: Must be 21 years of age, born in United States or fully naturalized ; a resident of Massachusetts one year and Swampscott six months. Registration Monday through Friday, 9-12 A.M. - 1-5 P.M. Special sessions held preceding elections. Where to vote: Precinct 1 — Machon School on Burpee Road. Precinct 2 — Clarke School on Norfolk Avenue side adjoining Abbott Park. Precinct 3 — Old Town Hall on Burrill Street. Precinct 4 — Hadley School on Redington Street. Precinct 5 — Essex Oil Filling Station, 638 Humphrey Street. Precinct 6 — Phillips Beach Fire Engine House, Phillips Avenue. 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